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Board of Directors


Player Representatives
Giorgio di Palermo
David Egdes
Justin Gimelstob

Tournament Representatives
Gavin Forbes
Mark Webster
Charles Smith
Executive Chairman and President
Chris Kermode

Executive Staff
Gayle David Bradshaw
Laurent Delanney
Flip Galloway
Ross Hutchins
Alison Lee
Mark Young

KermodeChris Kermode

Executive Chairman & President

Residence: London, England

Profile: Chris Kermode began serving as ATP Executive Chairman & President on 1 January 2014. Following his career as a professional player, Chris worked as one of London’s top tennis coaches. He went on to work in both the film and music industries, starting his own promotion & events company, before returning to tennis. Chris and his wife, Adelle, have three children, Tess, Ellie and Sam. He is based in the ATP’s London office.

ATP Involvement: Chris has been involved in tennis for more than 30 years, first as a player, and then more recently serving as Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, as well as Managing Director of the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The ATP’s crown jewel event n London has welcomed more than 1.5 million fans to The O2 arena whilst under his leadership, since 2009. Chris also enjoyed a hugely successful tenure as Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, culminating in the tournament’s re-categorisation as an ATP World Tour 500 event from 2015.

forbes09Gavin Forbes

Tournament Representative

Residence: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Profile: Gavin Forbes was elected in November 2008. The Senior Vice President of International Management Group (IMG), Forbes has been involved with tennis throughout his life. His father, Gordon, played professional tennis. Forbes is based out of the IMG headquarters in Cleveland.

ATP Involvement: American representative on Board of Directors since January 2009.

Mark WebsterMark Webster

Tournament Representative

Residence: London, England

Profile: Mark Webster is a new addition to the board in 2010. Webster, a qualified Solicitor, was appointed Executive Chairman of Metrodome Group plc in May 2008 and is also a Director of MediaPro Management SA, one of the largest Media Groups in Central and Eastern Europe.

Webster was previously a Director of Pro TV, the leading Romanian commercial television company. Prior to that Webster was CEO of Tiriac Holdings and Managing Director of Tivi BV, a sports and events management company, representing athletes such as Boris Becker and organising tennis tournaments in Germany.

ATP Involvement: Webster was CEO of Tennis Properties Ltd/ATP Media for 10 years, representing and managing the commercial, media and digital rights. He was responsible for marketing, selling and negotiating the television rights which has turned TPL/ATP Media into the world’s largest tennis television production company, generating 1,100 hours of live programming for a total of 10,256 broadcast hours via 55 broadcasters worldwide.

Smith Charles Humphrey Smith

Tournament Representative

Residence: Shanghai, China

Profile: New to the ATP Board in 2011, Charles Smith is the Managing Director/International of Juss Event, China’s largest sports/events management company which stages the Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000 and China’s Formula 1 race. For his contribution to sports and culture in China, Smith has been awarded both the Silver and Gold Magnolia awards from the Shanghai Government.

ATP Involvement: Smith has a 25 year history in professional tennis in North America and Asia and has been involved with staging every level of ATP tournament. Smith led the efforts to secure and stage the highly successful Shanghai Tennis Masters Cup in 2002, 2005-2008, followed by the award winner Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000. He has been an ATP International Group Council member since 2000.

Giorgio di PalermoGiorgio di Palermo

Player Representative

Residence: Rome, Italy

Profile:Giorgio Di Palermo was elected in June 2009 to serve as the European Player Representative through December 31, 2012. In June 2012 he was re-elected to begin serving a second three-year term on January 1, 2013.

Di Palermo earned a Law degree from the La Sapienza University in Rome in 1989 and from 1992 to 1996 served as the assistant tournament director for the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Rome. He also worked for the Italian Tennis Federation at Challenger and Davis Cup events.

ATP Involvement: Di Palermo joined the ATP in 1996, working as a Tour Manager through 2008, traveling to around 25 tournaments per year. In 2007 Di Palermo was promoted to Director of Player Relations, where his responsibilities expanded to include the players’ retirement plan and officiating liaison.

edges09 David Egdes

Player Representative

Residence: Encino, California, USA

Profile: David Egdes was elected in June 2008. The South African native serves as Senior Vice President of Tennis Industry Relations at Tennis Channel in Santa Monica, Calif. David joined the network after serving for five years as Vice President of World Team Tennis in Los Angeles and has close to 10 years of professional tennis experience as an executive and agent at IMG.

ATP Involvement: Began serving as Player Board Representative for the International region in January 2009, and was re-elected for a new three-year term starting January 2012.

gimelstob09Justin Gimelstob

Player Representative

Residence: Santa Monica, California, USA

Profile: Justin Gimelstob was elected in June 2008. The New Jersey native is a former ATP pro who played from 1996-2007, capturing 13 career ATP doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 1998 (w/Venus Williams). He reached his lone ATP singles final in Newport in 2006. Justin currently is a commentator for the Tennis Channel, based in Santa Monica, California.

ATP Involvement: A former ATP player and ATP Player Council member. He began serving as Player Board Representative for the Americas region in June 2008.

drewett09 Gayle David Bradshaw

Executive Vice President, Rules & Competition

Residence: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA

Profile: Gayle David Bradshaw played college tennis at the University of Oklahoma and then worked as a teaching professional at various country clubs. In 1983, he was hired by the USTA as a Supervisor for their Satellite and Challenger Circuits. In 1984-85, served as an Assistant Referee at the US Open and then was named as Referee for the US Open in 1986 and served in that position until his hiring by the ATP in 1990.

ATP Involvement: Gayle joined the ATP in 1990 as a Tour Supervisor. In 1997, relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach where he served as the Director of Officiating along with his Supervisor duties. In 2007, took over as EVP – Rules & Competition at which time he relinquished his role as a Tour Supervisor. He is based in the ATP’s Ponte Vedra Beach office.

Laurent DelanneyLaurent Delanney

CEO ATP Europe & ATP Commercial Director

Residence: Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Profile: Prior to joining the ATP, Laurent Delanney worked for the international sports management and marketing agency ProServ (now BEST), from 1983 in Paris, France, where he managed the careers of a number of top professional tennis players, including former Roland Garros champion Yannick Noah. He continued to work with ProServ in New York from 1988, before managing the marketing and publication operations of Club Med, the international holiday resort company, in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

ATP Involvement: Laurent has served as the ATP's Chief Executive Officer, Europe, since August 2009 and as ATP Commercial Director since June 2012. In addition to running the Monte-Carlo office, Laurent leads the ATP sales, sponsorship and licensing team in managing all of the ATP’s commercial activities. He joined the ATP's European headquarters in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, in 1994, and served most recently as Senior Vice President, ATP Properties, the business arm of the ATP, to develop commercial opportunities for the ATP’s tournament and player members.

galloway09 Ross Hutchins

Vice President, ATP Player Relations

Residence: London, England

Profile: Ross announced his retirement from the professional game a couple weeks before assuming his role as the head of the ATP Player Relations department on 1 October, 2014. Diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2012, Ross made a full recovery before resuming his career in professional tennis in January 2014.

ATP Involvement: Ross, who turned pro in 2002, captured five ATP World Tour doubles titles during his career and reached a career-high doubles ranking of 26 in May 2012. He served as Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club in 2014.

galloway09 Flip Galloway

Chief Operating Officer

Residence: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA

Profile: Prior to joining the ATP, Flip Galloway worked for the international consultancy firm Ernst and Young for 14 years, serving many industries, including professional sports.

ATP Involvement: Flip has served as the ATP's Chief Operating Officer since January 2006 and the ATP's Chief Financial Officer since he joined the organisation in 1989. Flip oversees all ATP's operations and directly manages ATP's finance management, budgeting, accounting and tax compliance, strategic planning, human resources, executive recruitment and development, and member benefit plan design and administration. A key executive since the ATP Tour's formation in 1989, Flip led the process of consolidation between the ATP and Men's Tennis Council that ultimately created the current ATP World Tour. Flip has been integral in many aspects of ATP's operations since its formation. Flip works closely with the ATP Board to ensure that ATP is fiscally responsible and generates and maintains sufficient reserves. Flip developed the ATP's computerised financial budgeting, treasury management and accounting systems and was instrumental in the formation of the ATP player pension program that has grown to more than $100 million in assets, covering more than 800 current and former players. He is based in the ATP's Ponte Vedra Beach office.

silva09 Alison Lee

Executive Vice President, International Group

Residence: Sydney, Australia

Profile: Alison worked as a journalist in print and broadcast media in Hong Kong and Sydney, prior to joining the ATP. She studied in Australia and Japan to gain bachelor and post graduate degrees as well as an MBA, major in marketing.

ATP Involvement: Alison leads the ATP International Group which oversees the ATP’s business affairs in Australia, Asia, Middle East, Russia and Africa. Alison began working with the ATP in the International Group’s Communications Department in 1998, before focusing on event management for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup tournaments in Sydney (2001) and Shanghai (2002, 2005-2008). She is also part of the ATP Commercial team and chairs the ATP Challenger Tour Committee.

young09 Mark Young

CEO ATP Americas and Chief Legal and Media Officer

Residence: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA

Profile: Mark Young previously worked with the law firm of Smith Hulsey and Busey, and as a senior attorney with The Charter Company prior to joining the ATP.

ATP Involvement: Mark has served as the ATP's Chief Executive Officer, Americas, since January 2006. As CEO Americas, Mark oversees the ATP's operations in North and South America as well as the daily operations of the Ponte Vedra Beach office. Mark also serves as the ATP's General Counsel, a role he has held since joining the ATP in 1990. In his capacity as ATP General Counsel, Mark has been responsible for negotiating the ATP's major sponsorship deals and television agreements since 1990, and has pioneered the development of the sport's anti-doping program. Mark has also, in his role as General Counsel, had overall responsibility for all ATP legal business, including the successful defense of the Hamburg litigation in 2008. Since June 2012, Mark has also served as the ATP’s Chief Media Officer, overseeing the ATP’s interests in the area of broadcast media rights, including television, live streaming, data, live scoring, and other associated rights.


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