EAGLE FOOTBALL LEADERSHIP
GROUP LEVEL LEADERSHIP
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
In addition to his passion for football, Mr. Textor is a globally recognized pioneer and developer of disruptive technologies, creative content, and digital distribution business models for media, entertainment and the internet. Mr. Textor is the retired Executive Chairman of fuboTV. Inc. (NYSE:”FUBO”). Mr. Textor previously served as Executive Chairman, CEO and Head of Studio of Facebank Group, Inc., a developer of digital human likeness for celebrities and consumers, which acquired fuboTV, Inc. in April 2020. In October 2020, fuboTV listed on the New York Stock Exchange, ultimately reaching a peak market valuation of more than $8 billion, becoming one of the most successful IPOs of 2020.
Mr. Niehaus has executive leadership, advisory, and board experience across a range of technology and media sectors. Most recently, he co-founded and served as CEO of Instore, a FinTech software company acquired by Slice. Instore brought market-leading design and an emphasis on connecting businesses with their customers to a wide range of users in the U.S. and abroad. Matt previously co-founded and served as COO of R4 Global, a technology business acquired by VeriSign. While at Battery Ventures and JP Morgan Capital, Matt invested in and advised a number of successful public and private technology, media, and communications companies.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Horin brings 30+ years of financial consulting and executive management experience to Eagle. Prior to Eagle, Mr. Horin was the Founder and Managing Partner of Chord Advisors, LLC, a boutique accounting advisory firm serving more than 500 pre-IPO, public and private equity-backed growth companies on a variety of technical accounting, SEC reporting and capital markets transactions.
CEO AT SAF BOTAFOGO
With a diverse background, Thairo boasts a decade of experience as a management consultant for global firms, coupled with a two-year stint in the treasury department of the largest Latin American investment bank and service at the United Nations in Lebanon, coordinating macroeconomic initiatives amidst the Syrian war.
EVP, STRATEGIC PLANNING
Mr. Caixeiro is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Yale School of Management MBA graduate with extensive experience in banking and specialty finance. Prior to Eagle, Caixeiro co-founded Matix Capital, a sports-dedicated M&A advisory firm serving prominent football clubs and investment groups globally.
GENERAL MANAGER AT OL GROUPE
Laurent Prud'homme is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience in the media and sports industries. He began his career at the Canal+ 6 Group in 1998 before transitioning to Eurosport, where he played a pivotal role in the acquisition and licensing of sports rights at an international level. During his tenure at Eurosport, Prud'homme held various leadership positions, including Director of Programs and CEO of Eurosport Events, showcasing his expertise in strategy and business development.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Affolter is a Partner in the Ares Credit Group and serves as Co-Head for U.S. direct lending, serving on the U.S. Direct Lending Investment Committee. He also serves on the Ares Sports, Media and Entertainment Investment Committee and acts as a co-lead for the strategy.
Jean-Pierre Conte is the Chairman and Managing Partner of Genstar Capital, responsible for acquisitions, divestitures and oversight of portfolio companies in a number of industries including healthcare and industrials. He joined Genstar Capital in 1995.
Jamie Dinan founded Manhattan-based hedge fund York Capital Management in the early 1990s, having previously worked in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Dinan took a stake in the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014. Iconic was set up to invest in recognizable sports businesses.
Michele Kang is an American businesswoman, investor, and philanthropist. Born and raised in South Korea, Kang came to the United States as a student to pursue her American dream. She has spent her career building businesses that challenge the status quo—and leveraging her own successes, she has focused on helping others achieve their own American dreams.
Alex Knaster is Chairman and CEO of Pamplona Capital Management, an investment management firm he founded in 2004, with private equity, hedge fund, and fund of funds operations. Alex has more than 25 years of experience in the investment banking industry, having previously held senior positions at Simmons and Co., Bankers Trust, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Credit Suisse First Boston, and Alfa Bank in cities such as Houston, New York, Moscow and London.
Mr. Miller is a Partner in the Ares Credit Group and serves as Co-Head for U.S. direct lending, serving on the U.S. Direct Lending Investment Committee. He also serves on the Ares Sports, Media and Entertainment Investment Committee and acts as a co-lead for the strategy.
Gordon Rubenstein is the Managing Partner of Raine Ventures, a global venture capital platform focused on creating, building, and investing in the next generation of digital media properties. Raine Ventures is an investor in Cheddar, (Director), Tastemade (Director), Plexchat (Director), Waggle (Director), Dojo Madness, Within, Raze (Observer), Pixvana, Machinima, Material Bank (Observer), YieldStreet (Observer), The Pro Lacrosse League, The Black Tux, Wattpad, Super Evil Megacorp (Observer) , Whipclip (Director), AltspaceVR, Kite & Lighting, FlyBlade, Second Spectrum, Rising Tide Games (Director, Acquired by Zynga), Starmaker Interactive (Director, Acquired by Kunlun), Mobcrush (Observer) Vettery (Observer), Happn (Director), Dubsmash, Maker Media, Houseparty, Globality (Observer), and IRL.