Leading MP & Silva executive Filippas to exit
By Martin Ross
Konstantinos Filippas, group executive director, content at MP & Silva, is to leave the international sports marketing agency.
Filippas has informed the agency of his decision to depart and will leave in just over two months’ time in order to facilitate a transition of responsibilities, Sportcal understands.
Having joined MP & Silva as managing director, Europe in late 2014 from Cosmote, the Greek telecoms company and pay-TV operator, Filippas was promoted at the start of last year.
At that time, he assumed responsibility for content-related issues of the group, including project development, relationship with rights-holders, and acquisition processes.
His elevation to a new role within the senior management team coincided with that of Roland Nikolaou, who became group executive director, commercial but left at the start of this year to join CNN, the global news organisation, and whose duties were taken on by Filippas.
MP & Silva today confirmed that Filippas is “resigning from the company to seek new challenges.”
Seamus O’Brien, MP & Silva’s group president and chief executive, told Sportcal today: “Although I have only worked with Konstantinos for a short period of time I would personally like to thank him for his support since I arrived in January. Konstantinos has brought great energy and success to the company since he joined in 2014, and the company is grateful for his outstanding contribution over that period.
“I’d also like to thank Konstantinos for his professionalism in continuing to work as part of our executive management team over the coming months as we transition to a new global management structure.”
Filippas joined Cosmote (then known as OTE) in 2006 from a role at KPMG, the professional services firm, in Greece.
During his time at MP & Silva, he was heavily involved in the sales of Serie A and Ligue 1 media rights in Europe, plus the Belgian Pro League’s domestic media rights sales auction, a process that brought in over €80 million ($93.7 million) per year from telecoms trio Proximus, Telenet and Voo.
Filippas also helped the agency win the International Handball Federation’s worldwide broadcast rights from 2019 to 2025 in a contract worth €150 million in rights fees.
MP & Silva is currently understood to be in the process of recruiting individuals at a senior management level.
A raft of high-profile executives have left since the acquisition of the agency in 2016 by a Chinese investment firm set up by technology firm Baofeng and financial services company Everbright
Chief commercial officer Roberto Dalmiglio resigned from his position in October 2016 and Suhyeon Cho, his replacement, stood down just four months into his new job (and has since resurfaced as managing partner in Asia for Easyprod, a media production company with offices in Singapore, Japan and at Leeds United’s Elland Road).
Meanwhile, Jochen Lösch, appointed as a successor for chief executive Marco Auletta (who switched to Silva International in the wake of the takeover), was himself replaced by O’Brien, former deputy chairman of the executive committee at Lagardère Sports, after a year in the role.
O’Brien has since brought in former World Sport Group colleague James Clarke as global head of production and distribution and made some appointments with a view to landing the (hotly-contested) Asian Football Confederation commercial rights contract from 2021 to 2028.