GLORY Sports International Appoints Jon J. Franklin As Global Chief Executive

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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:00 pm | Updated: 7:50 pm, Thu Aug 28, 2014.

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GLORY Sports International Appoints Jon J. Franklin As Global Chief

Executive

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GLORY Sports International and

its board of directors today appointed Jon J. Franklin as Chief

Executive Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Franklin will

oversee management of the world's premier kickboxing league, with

coverage in over 170 global territories.

Since 2002, Franklin has been President of The Sports and

Entertainment Company (Sports-EntCo), a sports and entertainment

marketing firm that assisted with production, programming,

sponsorship, and logistics for GLORY events in the United States.

"I look forward to working with Jon in this new capacity. He has been

a big part of our incredible success thus far and is uniquely suited

to lead GLORY into the next phase of development," said Pierre

Andurand, GLORY Chairman and Co-Founder. "With Jon at the helm, we are

confident that 2015 will be a banner year in the evolution of our

brand as a leading combat sports league in the United States and

abroad."

Previously, Franklin spent 15 years in senior roles at IMG-Media and

has also served as President of Golden Gloves Boxing LLC and AP-X, a

division of America Presents Boxing.

"I'm honored to have been a part of GLORY's growth into one of the top

fight promotions worldwide, but the work is not done," said Franklin.

"I truly believe that we have the best athletes in the world, with

production for both live audiences and home viewers that is second to

none. As we move into the new year, I can't wait to share GLORY's

global vision for kickboxing with our fans."

Andrew Whitaker, who served as CEO previously, will assume an advisory

role with GLORY as a consultant for business development.

GLORY also jointly announced with SPIKE TV that they have extended

their agreement to provide original kickboxing programming through

2015, with a full fall schedule to be released in the coming weeks.

About GLORY: Founded in 2012, GLORY is owned and operated by GLORY

Sports International (GSI), a professional martial arts organization

and television content provider, that maintains offices in New York,

London, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Tokyo. GLORY programming is seen in

over 170 territories. GLORY kickboxing rules are comprised of a mix of

several combat disciplines including Karate, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do

and traditional Boxing. Like us on Facebook, follow us on

Twitter @GLORY_WS, and visit us online at gloryworldseries.com.

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