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EBU’s influential sports chief to quit after 20 years at Union

Stefan Kuerten

The European Broadcasting Union’s executive director of sport, Stefan Kuerten, is leaving the EBU in June next year. Kuerten has been with the EBU for almost 20 years, driving the organisation’s sports rights business, and partnering with members and federations to deliver free-to-air sport to the widest possible audience. 

Noel Curran, director general of the EBU, said: “Stefan successfully managed the growth and innovation of our commercial business and led our sports activities through a period of unprecedented change, introducing new services, securing major sports rights deals as well as launching exciting new sporting events such as the European Championships. I would like to extend special thanks to Stefan on behalf of our Members for all the years of service and dedication to the EBU community.”

Kuerten added: “It has been fantastic to work with such extraordinary EBU colleagues, members, federations and partners throughout all these years on a range of activities – from sports rights, production and distribution to our commercial activities. It has been extremely interesting to drive success and changes in all these areas during an important period of transformation for the sport and media industry.”

The EBU will immediately launch the recruitment process for his replacement.