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ONE Championship names Hata head of Japan office

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SINGAPORE — ONE Championship has just announced the latest addition to its executive leadership team, naming Hideyuki “Andy” Hata as president of ONE Championship, Japan.

As president, Mr. Hata will be responsible for overseeing operations in Japan, driving development and growth across all key metrics.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I am thrilled to welcome Andy Hata to our leadership team at ONE Championship. Andy is a world-class business leader with a deep passion for sports and a desire to make a big impact on the world. He brings strong startup and global leadership experience, hands-on intellectual firepower, and a proven championship track record of commercial performance.”

For his part, Mr. Hata said he is excited and honored to be part of ONE Championship, which has steadily grown its business and reach throughout the year.

“I am excited and honored to be a part of a billion dollar global property like ONE Championship that is focused on and committed to celebrating Asian values on a global stage. I look forward to expanding the opportunities ONE Championship has in a market rich in the tradition of martial arts, as well as bringing ONE Championship’s brand of world-class entertainment to Japanese fans across the country.”

Mr. Hata is currently the President of Nielsen Sports, North Asia, where he is responsible for all of Nielsen Sports’ business activities in Japan, South Korea, and Mainland China. Prior to joining Nielsen Sports, Andy led a number of global projects with Sony Corp. and was part of Sony’s global partnership team with FIFA where he spearheaded their global activation strategy for all FIFA tournaments, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

ONE Championship is set to enter the Japanese market in 2019 with its first event “ONE: A New Era” taking place on March 31 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.

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