April 27, 2009 17:21 ET

IMG Names David Abrutyn Head of IMG Global Consulting

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - IMG Worldwide announced today that David Abrutyn has been named Managing Director, Senior Vice President and Head of IMG Global Consulting, reporting to George Pyne, President of IMG's Sports and Entertainment business.

Abrutyn, a ten year veteran of IMG, was Senior Vice President of IMG's U.S. Consulting business. He replaces Andy Pierce who has left the company.

"David has been a driving force behind the rise of IMG Consulting to the No. 1 consulting business in the world today," said George Pyne. "I am very pleased to have him in this important leadership role as head of one of IMG's core businesses. I am sure he will bring a creative and innovative approach to this business that will ensure its industry leading position for years to come."

Abrutyn joined IMG in 1999 and has more than 16 years of industry experience. He has worked with several Fortune 500 companies in development and implementation of sports & entertainment marketing strategies. He has worked with all IMG's consulting business in North America as well as practices in Olympic Consulting, Enterprise Consulting and Tourism.

While at IMG, Abrutyn has managed client business for 24 Hour Fitness, AT&T Broadband/Comcast, Churchill Downs, DHL, Harrah's Entertainment/World Series of Poker, Philips Royal Bank of Scotland, Starwood and Verizon. In this capacity, he has worked on initiatives for clients with teams and league offices of the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, NCAA, Olympics, and FIFA. He has also secured major music sponsorships and negotiated branded entertainment placements in network television and feature films for his clients. In 2008, Abrutyn was named one of Sports Business Journals 'Forty Under 40,' which recognizes executives who have made significant contributions to the sports business industry.

Prior to IMG Consulting, Abrutyn worked in corporate marketing at the NHL where he managed relationships with major sponsors. Before joining the NHL, he was Associate Publisher & Director of Marketing of The Sports Business Daily from its launch in 1994 until 1997. Previous to The Daily, he worked in corporate sales and marketing for the Washington Capitals.

Abrutyn is a graduate of University of Hartford Barney School of Business.

In addition, Tom Worcester, IMG's Managing Director and Senior Vice President, North American Business Development, who previously reported to Andy Pierce, will also now report directly to George Pyne.

About IMG Sports & Entertainment

Operating in 30 countries, IMG Sports & Entertainment's diverse businesses include: product and brand licensing; consulting services; event ownership and management; collegiate marketing, media and licensing; fashion events and models representation; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic and action sports. IMG Academies are the world's largest, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year. More information is available at

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