John Shea Named Global President, Marketing And Events, Octagon Worldwide

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Four Agency Executives Promoted to Senior Leadership Positions on Shea’s Team

Octagon, the preeminent integrated marketing and talent management agency in global sports and entertainment, announced the elevation of John Shea to Global President, Marketing and Events, Octagon Worldwide. In the role, Shea will oversee all U.S. and international marketing specialty groups for the agency, which include Brand Marketing, Property Consulting, Experiential Activation, Creative, Content, Production, as well as Digital Marketing.

As Global President, Marketing and Events, Shea will be responsible for overarching strategy and management of the agency’s entire client portfolio. Shea will lead a team of more than 1,000 employees, across 50 offices in 22 countries, that develop and manage award-winning and ground-breaking work for Octagon’s clients, as well as implements and executes those plans in experiential events, partnerships, and more.

Since 2016, Shea has served as President of Marketing, Americas. In the role, he managed all efforts for Octagon’s U.S. based Marketing and Event practices, offices and clients. Shea will continue to report to Rick Dudley, Chairman and CEO, Octagon Sports and Entertainment Network.

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“The contributions John has made to Octagon and our valuable clients over the past 25 years is immeasurable, and we’re proud to have him leading our Global Marketing and Event divisions,” said Dudley. “Octagon’s many decades of success across the globe has always been based on providing the highest level of work and exceeding expectations. John leads by example and epitomizes those guiding principles. His experience, insight, creativity, and incredible leadership will continue to guarantee our clients the best marketing and event strategies and service in the industry.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work more closely with our talented Octagon Marketing and Events teams across the globe, and continue to advance the business goals of our incredible clients,” said Shea. “We have a tremendous opportunity to build upon the great work of our Octagon teams around the world, to further differentiate our global service offerings, as well as expand our footprint and reach, to the benefit of our clients.”

As part of the announcement, four agency veterans have been elevated to executive leadership positions on Shea’s team. Lou Kovacs has been promoted to President of Marketing, North America, Ben Hartman moves in to a newly created role of Chief Client Officer, International, Jeff Meeson has been appointed as Managing Director, Europe, and Aykan Azar will serve as Managing Director, APAC, Middle East and Africa.

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Shea’s senior staff also includes Cindy Paul, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Brian Smith, Senior Vice President, People & Culture.

In addition, seven executives have been named to North American management roles on Kovacs’ team. Meredith Kinsman has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Strategy, and Christine Franklin has been elevated to Executive Vice President, Mastercard Global Account Leader. Kinsman and Franklin will join Tuck Burch, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Derek Aframe, Executive Vice President, Integrated Marketing, Arnold Wright, Executive Vice President, Property Consulting, Andre Schunk, Executive Vice President, Experiences, and Kenny Rennard, Executive Creative Director.

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