KEY PEOPLE

Simon Denyer

Chief Executive Officer

Simon is the CEO and founder of DAZN, formerly Perform Group, having joined the board in 2007. In his role as DAZN CEO, Simon has overseen the strategic development of the leading digital sports content and media group from a product, geographical expansion, rights and commercial perspective. Prior to joining Perform Group, Simon founded Inform Group having previously held senior positions at IMG and Sportal. Simon holds a BA Hons in Economics and Geography from Loughborough University.

James Rushton

Chief Revenue Officer

James Rushton is the Chief Revenue Officer of DAZN, where he is responsible for the performance and growth of the first global, pure-sport live and on-demand streaming service that is active across nine markets and four continents. James has been involved in the creation of DAZN from the very beginning. James joined Premium TV in 2003, which merged with Inform Group in 2007 to become Perform, and named DAZN in 2018. At company, he has held multiple senior roles including Managing Director of APAC, Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand, and Managing Director of ePlayer (now called DAZN Player). Prior to this, James held the position of Commercial Director at Birmingham City Football Club. He holds an MBA in Business Administration and Management from the University of Birmingham.

John Gleasure

Chief Business Development Officer

John is one of the founders of DAZN (formerly Perform Group), a digital leader in global sports media and one of the fastest growing media companies in the world. Over the past 14 years, John has overseen all Commercial Partnerships and Rights Relationships that have fuelled its International expansion across the globe. DAZN Group is home to DAZN, the world’s first pure-sport live and on-demand streaming service that is leading the charge to give fans a better and fairer way to watch. It’s now live in nine countries, including the U.S., Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain and Brazil. John has over 25 years’ experience within the Sports, Entertainment and Music business having previously spent time at Sky Sports, EMI Records, Hutchison Whampoa and Sony Pictures.

Ben Lavender

Chief Product Officer

Ben joined DAZN in 2015 as Chief Product Officer. In this role, he oversees all product innovations and new features for the revolutionary sport streaming service that is available on over 96% of devices in all live markets. Prior to DAZN, he was at Amazon as product leader for the Amazon Video Store. Ben has also worked at LOVEFiLM where he was the Digital Product Director launching their streaming video service on web, mobile and TV devices; which was acquired by Amazon. Before this he was at the BBC where he created BBC iPlayer. Ben has been named as one of the top ten technology and Internet innovators in the world by The Observer.