[Fanatics Japan] Our representative Kawana was selected for the first Japanese “Leaders Under 40”

Fanatics Japan Our representative Kawana is selected for the first Japanese “Leaders Under 40” Masanori Kawana, Managing Director (Representative) of Fanatics Japan GK, was selected for the first time as a “Leaders Under 40” by LEADERS, UK. Kawana, Managing Director of Fanatics Japan GK (Fanatics) and Fanatics East Asia Managing Director of Fanatics Inc. (Headquarters: USA), the world’s largest official sports license merchandising company Masanori was selected for the first time among 30 talented leaders selected by LEADERS (headquarters: UK) as young as 40. [Image 1

In the past, it has become a world-famous name, including international sports headquarters such as the International Football Federation (FIFA), sports leagues and club teams such as MLB and NBA, broadcasting stations, telecommunications companies, universities, sponsor companies, etc. Masanori Kawana, the first Japanese representative of the Company, was selected among various business leaders who belong to sports-related companies. [Image 2

◆ Leaders Under 40 Founded in 2008, LEADERS (headquartered in the UK) recognizes talented individuals and companies that are creating the future of sports. Leaders Under 40 is an award that selects 30 young talented sports leaders under the age of 40 after a long-term selection process of 9 months. This year, there were 450 young leaders from 31 countries around the world. Reference: https://leadersinsport.com/leaders-sports-awards/
◆ Comments from our representative Kawana I am very honored to be selected as LEADERS UNDER 40. We are very pleased that our business model aiming to become the world’s best fan brand has been approved for business development in Asia. For some time, I have felt the need to further enhance the global presence of Japan, the world’s second largest sporting power after the United States. I am looking forward to meeting the world’s sports leaders and willing to appeal the advanced and potential of Japanese sports business. [Masunori Kawana] After graduating from Keio University, engaged in automobile-related work at Mitsubishi Corporation. After working in Europe, studied at a US business school. After that, he worked as a public relations representative for Japan at a sports marketing farm in New York, 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC), and joined McKinsey & Company. In addition to being engaged in management consulting operations focusing on retail and consumer goods in Japan and overseas, he also leads professional bono activities for sports competition groups. Founded FanForward Co., Ltd., aiming to foster the sports entertainment industry in Japan and Asia from the high school and university days spent as the head of the athletic baseball club, and most recently aiming to bring fans and teams closer through technology. Aside from that, he also serves as a marketing support member of the B.LEAGUE Management Planning Department and serves as a member of the Japan Tennis Association’s business promotion committee. Graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Law, Northwestern University Kellogg Master of Business Administration from School of Management.

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