April 16, 2007 08:05 ET

IMG Names Jim Gallagher, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Seasoned Public Relations Executive Will Lead Company's Worldwide Communications Effort

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 16, 2007 -- IMG, the world's premier sports, entertainment and media company, today announced the appointment of Jim Gallagher as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications.

Based in New York, he will work closely with IMG Chairman and CEO, Ted Forstmann, and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Terri Santisi, on all long-term strategic and business-related communication matters, in addition to directing the company's internal and external communication function around the world.

Gallagher joins IMG from MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, where he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications since the company's inception in 2000.

"We are delighted to welcome Jim to the IMG team," said Forstmann. "With his breadth of business communications and public relations experience at some of the world's largest companies, Jim will be invaluable as we continue to showcase IMG's exciting new initiatives around the world."

"Jim's deep understanding of the pressing communications issues facing the sports, entertainment and new media communities will enable him to make a valuable contribution to our strategic plan," Santisi added.

"It's an honor to be invited to join Ted Forstmann's world-class management team," Gallagher said. "I'm looking forward to focusing the company's communications and branding efforts to help maximize the potential of IMG's unmatched portfolio of unique global assets."

Before MLB Advanced Media, Gallagher spent 20 years leading corporate communications at ITT Corp., one of the world's preeminent conglomerates. With $25 billion in revenue and 250,000 employees around the world, ITT was home to a wide array of sports and entertainment properties, including Madison Square Garden, The New York Knicks, The New York Rangers, Sheraton Hotels and Caesars Palace gaming properties.

About IMG

IMG is the world's premier Sports, Entertainment and Media Company. IMG is a diversified global business with two major business segments: IMG Sports & Entertainment, and IMG Media. IMG employs more than 2,600 people in 30 countries. Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

IMG Sports & Entertainment includes: consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic sports, and action sports. In addition, IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class sports training experiences to over 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

IMG Media, which includes our content production subsidiaries TWI, Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP), and Tiger Aspect Productions (TAP), is recognized as a global leader in the delivery of traditional and new media content and services, with Internet, broadband, and mobile expertise, transforming how audiences access and interact with content.

IMG Media produces and distributes over 11,000 hours of sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual, and children's content annually, over multiple platforms across 220 countries, including award-winning television and radio programming. It also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's biggest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

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