Michael is the Executive Chairman of the Madison Sports Group and Managing Partner of Operating Capital Partners LLP, an investment firm that he founded in 2008. OCP invests primarily in private companies – both established and new – and currently has investments in over 25 companies. Prior to founding OCP, Michael oversaw Citigroup’s private equity operations in Europe as Managing Director–Europe for Citigroup Venture Capital from 1999 to 2008. He began his career in the London office of Goldman Sachs International after graduating as a Lauder Fellow with a dual masters MA and MBA degree from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania in 1989.
James has been the driving force behind P1’s global expansion and commercialisation since joining the company as a consultant in February 2010, before becoming CEO in 2012. P1 is the world’s largest marine motorsport brand with offices in London, Florida, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur. Under James’ stewardship P1 launched three new race series and promoted events in 14 countries across 3 continents including the recent world championships in Mumbai, which was broadcast live on ESPN in India and picked up by more than 150 countries worldwide. Prior to joining P1, James spent 10 years in the rugby world as Commercial Director of premiership rugby club London Irish and Eastwood Rugby Club, a premiership club in Sydney where James gained his Masters in Sports Management and Business degrees from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Alastair joined Madison Sports Group in September 2015 as Head of Business Development. Prior to that Alastair was part of the Madison Sports Group Team on an internship basis, helping to convert the initial vision into a cohesive strategy and plan. During the internship, Alastair earned a BSc in International Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management faculty of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before going to University Alastair worked for the premium cycling travel company, La Fuga where he planned and executed a number of high service level cycling tours around Europe. Alastair moved to La Fuga after having competed as an Elite cyclist in France for four seasons.
Richard has over 12 years’ experience within the sporting industry. Prior to joining Madison Sports Group in October 2016, he worked in Manchester City’s London office as Senior Business Development Manager, driving commercial revenues through a variety of strategic channels. Previously, Richard has held senior positions in Australia at major rights holders, negotiating deals with global brands within Australian Rules Football, the Australian Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup Carnival, among many others. Richard holds a double degree in Arts / Business (Marketing).
Simon joined Madison Sports Group in August 2015 and has since led the delivery of each of our events, pulling together our many stakeholders and partners to create our award winning atmosphere. Simon competed as a cyclist in the Olympic Games in 1988 & 1992, and represented Great Britain at 10 consecutive World Championships. He has a lifetime of sporting experience and has held several senior management positions in the sporting, sports marketing and events industries. At London 2012 Simon led the delivery of all cycling events in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Simon built the London 2012 cycling team from its beginning, developing a vision that a whole team could unite around to help them in doing their jobs to Olympic standards. The UCI President acknowledges the success of the cycling team in London: “The London Games were definitely the best of modern times and cycling was definitely one of the highlights of those Games, for a variety of reasons which include the terrific job LOCOG did. In particular you and your team. You can be proud.” The events were delivered across a total of 6 competition and 1 training venue, with a team of around 100 employed staff, 100 contractors and 2,000 volunteers. Previously Simon led British Cyclings Marketing, Communications & Commercial activity. He was also worked overseas as European Marketing and Sports Marketing Manager for California based Bell Sports / Giro. He also runs his own sports consultancy, sharing his unparalleled experience of sport and complex sporting projects with his clients.
Valts has been in the events from his early age. Started with musical and cultural events as a kid, moved to an early TV show for kids in teens and eventually became a part of a rock festival soon after starting University. For seven years working for a Radio SWH as the head of regional station, Valts started to dive into world of sports events. From an official track announcer at internation luge and skeleton events, to BMX and athletics. In 2007 he became the head of organising commitee of U16 European Championship Women in basketball and since than has been involved in basketball. Organising various basketball chanpionships untill 2010, when he joined FIBA (International Basketball Federation). For 6 years he was part of a team that developed the big change how European Basketball Championships are organised nowadays. Now he has joined Madison Sports Group to manage the operations in Germany.
Madison Sports Group has an exceptionally talented team of individuals who have put on some of the largest and most complex sporting events globally. I have no doubt that they will deliver innovative cycling events around the World.
I am working closely with Madison Sports Group as they bring Six Day Racing back to the UK. I have been incredibly impressed with their vision for the sport and their approach to create the best cycling events in the World. I have no doubt that they will deliver groundbreaking events for athletes and fans alike, helping to take the sport to the next level.