Live sports and entertainment specialist, NEP Group, has promoted Chief Financial Officer Martin Stewart to Chief Executive Officer.

Stewart succeeds Brian Sullivan, who steps down “after leading NEP’s recovery from the impact of COVID through to record profitability and strategically repositioning the business for growth in new areas such as centralised production.”

With a career spanning over 30 years in leadership roles in the media telecommunications and sports sectors, Martin Stewart has led businesses through both acquisitions and organic growth.

He has led several companies that have undertaken successful change programmes including at Ono in Spain, OSN in Dubai and Sky NZ in New Zealand. Prior to these roles he was CFO at Sky UK as the company transformed from an analogue business to a digital one and helped double the size of the business during his tenure. He has held many other executive and non-executive roles gaining experience in both public and private companies.

The NEP Board of Directors said, “We thank Brian for his significant contributions to NEP Group including delivering record profitability for the company in 2022 and winning marquee centralized production contracts that will be a foundation of future growth. We appreciate his dedication and service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We are delighted Martin will be stepping up to lead the company as it enters its next phase of growth. Martin is an established leader with an impressive track record driving business transformation, which will be hugely influential as we continue to grow the business and double down on operational excellence.”

Martin Stewart said, “I am thrilled to serve as NEP Group CEO and look forward to building upon our momentum in positioning the business for continued growth. This is an exciting time for our industry as new technologies turbocharge our ability to deliver to our stakeholders in new and innovative ways. Undoubtedly, NEP Group has a bright future ahead.”

The company also announced that Doug Kovach will be promoted to the role of CFO, NEP Group. Kovach has been with NEP for over 12 years and is currently NEP’s SVP, Finance and Treasurer. In addition to his finance expertise, he brings a deep knowledge of NEP’s mergers and acquisitions, tax planning strategies, global treasury activities and accounting and operational processes.

Jon Creamer

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