Advance, along with its subsidiary ACBJ, have announced a new global B2B sports, esports and gaming intelligence operating company, named Leaders Group. This brings several Advance portfolio companies under one umbrella; SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily, Leaders, Newzoo, and The Esports Observer
While all companies will continue under the same management teams, Advance has appointed Warren S. Thune as CEO of Leaders Group. Thune spent fourteen years in a series of executive roles at Gartner and CEB, eventually serving as group president, SaaS and Technology Enabled Services. Prior to Gartner, he was a senior partner at Oliver Wyman.
“Warren is a talented executive with a strong track record of building high performing teams and businesses,” said Whitney Shaw, CEO of ACBJ and co-founder of SportsBusiness Journal, who will become chairman of the newly established Leaders Group board of directors. “By combining our media, events and analytics holdings under a single corporate entity, we will be able to more effectively serve a customer base that is increasingly trying to understand how to best operate in a more technologically connected sports and entertainment ecosystem.”