ONE Championship has made another expansion to its leadership group. It has contracted Hideyuki “Andy” Hata as the President of ONE Championship Japan. Hata will supervise the Japanese activities of the association.
“I am thrilled to welcome Andy Hata to our leadership team at ONE Championship,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, “Andy is a world-class business leader with a deep passion for sports and a desire to make a big impact on the world. He brings strong startup and global leadership experience, hands-on intellectual firepower, and a proven championship track record of commercial performance.”
Hata is at present the President of Nielsen Sports, North Asia, where he maintains that association’s business exercises in Japan, South Korea, and China.
“I am excited and honored to be a part of a billion dollar global property like ONE Championship that is focused on and committed to celebrating Asian values on a global stage,” said Hata. “I look forward to expanding the opportunities ONE Championship has in a market rich in the tradition of martial arts, as well as bringing ONE Championship’s brand of world-class entertainment to Japanese fans across the country.”
Hata’s resume incorporates various initiative positions in a wide range of businesses. He took a shot at worldwide projects with Sony amid its association with FIFA and FIFA Tournaments including the 2010 World Cup.
Per a public statement given by ONE, Hata’s duties will be expressly engaged in Japan. The association is searching for Hata to execute his mastery in business improvement and sports as ONE moves into Japan in 2019.
On March 31, ONE will introduce its first event in Japan. It’s called ONE: A New Era, and it will highlight a champion versus champion conflict between ONE Women’s Atomweight Champion Angela Lee and ONE Women’s Strawweight Champion Xiong Jing Nan. Additionally, ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will guard his title against previous victor Shinya Aoki, ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Aung La NSang will shield his title in a rematch against Ken Hasegawa.
Notwithstanding the three title matches, the card likewise includes the presentations of previous UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez.
ONE is positioning itself to make a mark in new regions of Asia and in North America.
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