Key People

John Skipper

Executive Chairman

John is the DAZN Group Executive Chairman and oversees DAZN’s global expansion, rights acquisition strategy and corporate positioning. Having joined in May 2018, John brings over 20 years of global broadcasting experience to DAZN Group. Moving to ESPN in 1997 as a General Manager following his time in journalism, John went on to lead ESPN globally and is credited with negotiating large television rights contracts for US sporting events, including a nine-year, $12 billion deal with the National Basketball Association and a $7.3 billion deal for the College Football Playoff.

James Rushton

Acting CEO

James was named Acting CEO in June 2020, reporting to Executive Chairman John Skipper. During his time at the Group he has held senior roles including Chief Revenue Officer, Managing Director of APAC, Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand and Managing Director of DAZN Player. Prior to this, James was Commercial Director at Birmingham City Football Club.

Stuart J. Epstein

Chief Financial Officer

Stuart is the Chief Financial Officer responsible for the business’s global financial planning, operations and reporting. Stuart brings decades of experience working within the financial and broadcasting industry having held senior roles at global corporations including co-managing partner of Evolution Media, CFO of NBCUniversal and a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley.

John Gleasure

Chief Business Development Officer

John is the Chief Business Development Officer at DAZN Group and in this role oversees the creation and delivery of innovative distribution partnerships with global platforms, telecom operators, ISPs, OEMs, retailers, broadcasters, commercial premises, brands and social networks. As one of the founders, John has helped DAZN become one of the fastest growing media companies in the world. With over 25 years’ experience within the sports, entertainment and music business, John has previously held roles at Sky Sports, EMI Records, Hutchison Whampoa and Sony Pictures.

Jacopo Tonoli

Chief Commercial Officer

Jacopo is DAZN Group’s Chief Commercial Officer and is responsible for rights strategy and content acquisition across DAZN; and for delivering and executing the Group’s global strategic rights partnerships, including WTA Media, FIBA Media, EHF and FC Diez Media. Having joined the business in 2008 as Managing Director for Southern Europe and Latin America, Jacopo oversaw its successful expansion in Italy, Spain, France and across South America, before transferring to London to lead the Group’s Commercial function in 2015. Prior to joining DAZN Group, Jacopo was at Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder for MotoGP.

Florian Diederichsen

Chief Technical Officer

Florian is the Chief Technical Officer at DAZN Group and oversees the management of DAZN’s technology portfolio which includes development, IT services and video architecture. Florian joined DAZN Group in 2014 following the merger with Opta, the sports stats and analyst company, where he had been the Chief Technical/Operating Officer for over seven years. Before that he spent 11 years at IMP in Germany as the Chief Technology Officer.

Nancy Elder

Chief Corporate Communications Officer

Nancy is the Chief Corporate Communications Officer at DAZN Group and is responsible for its corporate brand, building the company’s standing with key business media and external stakeholders, and driving its social responsibility initiatives. Nancy joined in 2019 and brings more than 25 years of communications experience, having served as Chief Communications Officer for both Mattel and JetBlue Airways. She has also held senior communications, strategy and marketing roles with Time Warner, General Electric and Mastercard.

Neil Colligan

Chief Operating Officer

Neil Colligan is DAZN Group's Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for broadcast operations, customer operations and all content functions including production, creative and publishing. He joined the company in 2002 from the consumer retailer Comet, where he was in senior management for retail operations. During his time with the Group, Neil has led many parts of the business, including client services and international business development.

Paul Chesworth

Chief People Officer

Paul Chesworth is the Chief People Officer for DAZN Group and is responsible for the business’s global People Strategy, ensuring that teams and individuals across the business feel engaged and enabled. Before joining DAZN Group, Paul held HR roles across many engineering firms such as British Aerospace, BAE Systems and MDBA. Most recently, he spent seven years with Vodafone where he was HR Director Europe.

Juan Delgado

Chief Ventures Officer

Juan is the Chief Ventures Officer of DAZN Group. In this role, he oversees mergers and acquisitions as well as DAZN’s expansion through joint ventures. He joined the group in 2007 as Managing Director, Americas, where he led the Group’s early expansion into the U.S. and Latin America, before transferring to CEO of DAZN Media in 2015, overseeing the popular sports portals,, Sporting News, and Prior to DAZN, Juan led market development efforts for Yahoo! in Europe.

Paul Morton

EVP Finance

Paul Morton is the EVP Finance at DAZN Group and is responsible for finance, data science and insight, consumer strategy and research. Prior to joining the company in 2010, Paul spent a combined 10 years at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant.

Simon Denyer

Simon is the founder of DAZN Group and in June 2020 was named advisor to Access Industries on sports ventures. He founded the digital sports rights agency Inform Group in 2004, which became Perform Group in 2007 after merger with Premium TV. It was renamed DAZN Group in 2018 after divesting Perform to refocus the business around its consumer products led by DAZN. He is on DAZN’s Board of Directors. Before Inform Group, Simon held senior positions at IMG and Sportal.