HADDONFIELD, NJ, October 29, 2018 – Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, announced today the addition of long-time media executive Rick Alessandri to the talent recruitment/executive search firm. Alessandri joins Turnkey as Managing Director and General Manager of Turnkey’s growing media practice and will oversee talent recruitment/executive search for media, digital and tech companies, as well as for non-media entities including leagues, teams, venues, events and tours looking to build their in-house content creation and production capabilities.
Alessandri spent 35 years at Disney/ ESPN, Dow Jones, SportsTicker and, most recently, as Univision’s Executive Vice President tapping into Hispanic America.
“At Disney/ESPN and again at Univision, innovation was always Rick’s focus and priority to create growth and obtain goals. He hired hundreds of positions and built winning teams to follow through with that mission,” said Len Perna, CEO, Turnkey. “Content and media have seen a paradigm shift – not only at traditional media, new media and OTT companies, but also now leagues, teams, venues, events who need in-house media skills. Today, every company needs to be a media company on some level,” said Perna.
During his 20-year tenure at Disney/ESPN, Alessandri served as Chief of Staff and right hand to ESPN President George Bodenheimer, Senior Vice President of ESPN Enterprises and also CXO of the X Games. All these roles had a common thread: stitching together a seamless, integrated media and non media experience which was immersive, engaging, consistent and monetizable.
“Rick Alessandri is perfectly suited for this leadership role in the executive search business at Turnkey – his background provides the necessary perspective across multiple disciplines in media that will serve Turnkey’s wide array of sports and entertainment clients,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Formula 1 and former ESPN EVP. “I had the pleasure of working with Rick at ESPN for decades, and witnessed firsthand his capacity to lead new initiatives and manage adroitly incumbent ones.”
Former Univision Chief Strategy and Data Officer and President, Enterprise Development Kevin Conroy said: “Rick Alessandri is a humble, quietly effective leader – one of the best at Univision. Rick was such a good partner because he put the team first and made sure others did the same. He has an eye for talent and is a natural team builder.”
Since 2011 Alessandri served as Executive Vice President, Enterprise Development at Univision Communications Inc., (UCI) the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Alessandri’s team at UCI was responsible for all new business development, licensing, direct to consumer businesses and the launch of UCI Live – Univision’s live events business. All of these startup initiatives required hiring and managing business teams that could connect, leverage and monetize media and non media assets together. Alessandri will now assist Turnkey clients in doing the same thing.
“It’s a people business. That’s always been my passion and my point of connection,” said Alessandri. “With the explosive growth in content creation and distribution as well as OTT, social media and live events, Turnkey will help media and non media clients build their in-house capabilities for storytelling, content creation, production, directing, programming, delivery and all of the closely-connected businesses that arise from those skills and assets.”
ABOUT TURNKEY SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT Turnkey Search is a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment. Founded in 1996, Turnkey Search is a highly specialized talent recruitment/executive search firm filling C-Level, senior-level and mid-management level positions in sports, entertainment and media. Over the past 20+ years, Turnkey Search has filled more than 1,000 positions throughout sports, entertainment and media. Turnkey Search helps teams, leagues, stadiums, arenas, theaters, college athletic departments, events, sponsors, agencies, media companies, private equity companies and other clients identify, recruit and hire the very best management talent. For more information about Turnkey Search, visit www.TurnkeySearch.com.
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