MARK LICHTENHEIN – Chairman at Sports Rights Owners Coalition and Chairman of the Ladies European Golf Tour
Mark is the Chairman of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC), representing the collective interests of some 50 international and national sports bodies around their Intellectual Property Rights. SROC seeks proper recognition of the value of sport from Governments across the world, and effective protection for their rights under law.
Mark has worked in the sports industry for over 20 years, since he started to pioneer the transition of golf and other sports into the digital era. Until recently, Mark was the Chief Information Officer of golf’s PGA European Tour and the Ryder Cup and was Joint Managing Director of European Tour Productions (ETP), the Tour’s Television and Digital Media production and distribution company, a joint venture with IMG Media.
A software engineer by education, Mark previously held a number of positions in the European software industry with Siemens and the Cap Gemini Group before becoming the first Director of Business Development for the industry-led European Software Institute in Bilbao, Spain, co-funded by the European Commission.