Mr. Zhang is the president of Wanda Culture, chairman of Wanda Film Holding Co., Ltd., and chairman of WSC. Mr. Zhang joined Dalian Wanda GCL in March 2000 and previously held multiple positions within the group, including vice president of Dalian Wanda GCL, finance director of Dalian Wanda GCL, and general manager of project companies located in Nanjing,Shenyang and Chengdu. Mr. Zhang served as a non-executive director of Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co., Ltd. from December 2009 to January 29, 2016. Mr. Zhang has also been, a director of Dalian Wanda GCL since February 2011, the chairman of World Triathlon Corporation since November 2015 and the chairman of Infront since July 2015. Mr. Zhang has served as the executive president of Wanda Culture since December 2012 and as president of Wanda Culture since December 2013. Mr. Zhang was also the chairman of AMC Entertainment, Inc. from August 2012 to March 12, 2018. Mr. Zhang also serves as the chairman of Wanda Film Holding Co., Ltd. since November 2006 and, has been a non-executive director of Wanda Hotel Development Co., Ltd. since November 2017. Mr. Zhang received a bachelor degree in Accounting from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and an executive master in business administration from Peking University. Mr. Zhang is a non-practicing member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the China Certified Tax Agents Association.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Wanda Sports Group
Mr. Yang joined Wanda Sports Group as a President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2016. Before that, Mr. Yang joined BP in 2001 holding various positions across China and the United Kingdom. From January 2015 to October 2016, Mr. Yang served as the President of BP China and the Chairman of BP (China) Investment Holdings Limited. Between 1998 and 2001 he served as a Controller in DaimlerChrysler in Singapore and as an Operation Executive Management Trainee at McDonald Corporation in Chicago between 1996 and 1997. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Yang was the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Minmetals USA in New Jersey and from 1989 to 1991 worked in Business Development at China Minmetals Corporation in Beijing. Mr. Yang received a bachelor degree in business management from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China and a master of business administration from the American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona.
Chief Financial Officer of Wanda Sports Group
Mr. Liao joined Wanda Sports Group as Chief Financial Officer in July 2016. Mr. Liao has over 20 years of experiences in financial accounting and auditing. Prior to joining Wanda Sports Group, Mr. Liao served various roles at Walmart China for over 18 years, including Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, and Chief Integration Officer. Mr. Liao received an MBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and he is a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountant, holds the qualifications for the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Certified Public Valuer.
Vice Chairman; President and Chief Executive Officer of Infront
Mr. Blatter has two decades of experience in sports business. Prior to joining Infront as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2005, Mr. Blatter spent 11 years at McKinsey & Company. He left McKinsey in 2005 as Partner. During his tenure at McKinsey he founded the firm’s Sports Practice. In 2017, Mr. Blatter was included in ESPN FC’s ‘‘Football 50 most influential people’’. In 2012, Mr. Blatter was credited by SPONSORs—Germany’s leading sports business magazine—as one of the Top 10 ‘‘Most Influential People in International Sport’’; in 2008 he was ranked as one of the Top 100 ‘‘Most Powerful People in Sport’’ by the international sports industry outlet SportsPro Magazine. Mr. Blatter also served as a board member of the non-profit organization Right To Play Switzerland for several years. Mr. Blatter holds a master of science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and a master of business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
President and Chief Executive Officer of WEH
Mr. Messick has more than a decade of experience in leadership roles at global sports and entertainment companies. Prior to joining WEH, Mr. Messick served as president of AEG Sports between 2007 and 2011. From 2000 through 2007, Mr. Messick was the senior vice president of NBA International. He was responsible for overseeing the NBA’s network of international offices and for leading the NBA’s efforts to globalize. Mr. Messick joined the NBA from Sara Lee Corporation, where he held a range of business development, marketing and general management positions in the UK, Australia and Canada. Prior to that, Mr. Messick spent six years at McKinsey & Company in Chicago and Amsterdam. Mr. Messick holds a bachelor of arts in economics and psychology from the University of California, Davis and a master of business administration from the Yale School of Management.
President and Chief Executive Officer of WSC
Mr. Gao is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wanda Sports China, and has over two decades of experience in project management and executing strategic growth.
Mr. Gao joined Dalian Wanda GCL in December 2010 and has held multiple senior positions within Wanda Group’s culture and real estate subsidiaries, including CEO of Wanda KIDSPLACE, Chief Assistant to the President of Wanda Group and the Head of Xi'an Wanda City Preparation Team. Mr. Gao previously served as a senior assistant to the President of Wanda Group and general manager of Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis Investment Co., Ltd from September 2013 to November 2018.
Between December 2010 and September 2013, Mr. Gao worked as the General Manager of Xiangfan Project Company, Jinan Project Company, Kunming Project Company, Dalian Jinshi International Resort and Qingdao Project Company of Wanda Real Estate Group. Prior to joining Wanda Group, Mr. Gao held the roles of engineer, manager and general manager of many real estate companies, such as Beijing Shangjing Investment and Beijing Maoyuan Real State. Mr. Gao received a bachelor degree in industrial and civil architecture from the Hebei University of Architecture.