Authentic Brands Group (ABG), announced that sports and broadcast industry leader Kiyoshi Nakamura has joined its efforts in developing new business in the Asia-Pacific and European regions.
“We are pleased to welcome Nakamura to the ABG community,” said Marc Rosen, president of Entertainment at ABG. “We are confident that Nakamura’s extensive sports and entertainment background and proven expertise in strategic business development will help build on the foundation we have in place in Japan and other key territories.”
A seasoned sports and entertainment executive based in Japan, Nakamura brings a wealth of experience across global marketing and broadcast management to ABG. He will generate business development opportunities for the company’s brands as it continues to diversify its portfolio as well as heightens its focus on expansion in Japan and the broader Asia-Pacific region.
“I could not be more excited to join ABG, which has an impressive global portfolio that includes the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Shaquille O’Neal, Sports Illustrated and the recently acquired Reebok and David Beckham brands,” said Nakamura. “I look forward to working with the extremely talented ABG team and building on the company’s great foundation and growth potential.”
Nakamura’s career spans nearly four decades in various leadership roles. Most recently he was Senior Vice President at global marketing and advertising agency Dentsu Inc., where he was instrumental in acquiring the marketing, broadcasting and hospitality rights for the Olympic Games, Rugby World Cup, FIFA World Cup and the Asian Games. Kiyoshi also secured a deal in 2015 to buy one-third of premier NFL agency Athletes First and was fundamental in raising more than $3 billion from local sponsorships for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As an adviser, Kiyoshi also served as a board member at sports subscription video streaming service DAZN from 2018 to 2021.