Matthew has been a leading figure in the international sports market for over 20 years. He provides a bridge between the worlds of commercial sport and financial investors, working with the executive management of a number of businesses in sport to create, grow and realize shareholder value – predominantly as chairman and often alongside private equity investors.
Matthew has chaired six private equity backed sports and entertainment businesses during his career. His previous positions also include CEO of API Sports Marketing and Worldwide Managing Director of Octagon. Alongside his steering role with Supponor, he is currently also Managing Partner of Sports Investment Partners and Chairman of Arena Group.
Jay has over 25 years’ experience in operations, finance, technology, strategy development, implementation, turnaround and re-positioning. He works with innovative technology companies and start-ups in the software, technology, new media and telecom sectors to successfully scale businesses on a global basis.
Before joining Supponor, Jay was the CEO of Fits.me, a company he successfully exited after leading an MBO. Prior to this, Jay was Executive Chairman of Atego, which he founded after leading an MBO of Artisan Software Tools where he was CEO. Jay has previously also spent time as CEO of Adaptive, an enterprise software company providing the leading repository technology for metadata management, enterprise architecture and business process management solutions for Global 100 financial services companies and governments.
Jay is a Chartered Director with both the UK’s Institute of Directors and the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. He also has a Doctorate in Business Administration from the International School of Management (Paris, France); an MBA from Baylor University (Texas, USA); and a BSc in Business Administration from the State University of New York.
As COO Charlie holds key management responsibility for a broad range of activities at Supponor including commercial, business development, operations, partnerships and channels, various corporate, central and back office functions. He was part of management buy-in (MBI) transition that took place in late 2015 / early 2016, having previously served as Supponor’s Chief Product, Strategy and Marketing Officer.
Prior to joining Supponor, Charlie led Accenture’s Media & Entertainment Management Consulting practice in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Prior to that, he worked for Hutchison 3G and Ingenious Media, and co-founded a successful online venture providing data and ticketing services.
He started his career at Spectrum Strategy Consultants where amongst other things he advised the English Premier League for 6 years on a variety of media rights and production initiatives.
Vesa is based in Supponor’s Research & Development Centre in Espoo, Helsinki, and is responsible for all aspects of the technical development of our systems. He oversees the R&D unit and is our most senior executive in Finland, where Supponor was founded.
Focusing on medium and long-term solutions that streamline and simplify our DBRLive technology, Vesa drives its flexibility and adaptability across sports and geographies, and owns and delivers our technology roadmap. He is also responsible for managing system improvements, upgrades and releases, and guides much of Supponor’s patent and IP protection programme.
Vesa joined Supponor in 2008, having previously held a number of managerial roles with technology companies, including mobile navigation company Navicore and network security business SSH Communications Security. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Software.
Guy oversees the logistical and operational aspects of all of our business across the world, including overall responsibility for delivering all the live events involving Supponor and our DBRLive technology.
Guy works closely with all of Supponor’s production partners at outside broadcasts, managing key relationships, and making sure that our systems integrate seamlessly with the production process. He ensures that Supponor has the best people underpinning its technology and processes, and is responsible for planning and running infrastructural aspects of Supponor’s business – controlling the purchase, maintenance and distribution of all hardware, the company’s premises, and our fleet of OB and event trucks.
Guy joined Supponor in 2010 after 12 years with The Press Association (PA Sport), bringing with him a wealth of experience in product development and project management across multi-platform territories, including the UK, India and North America.
CHIEF SYSTEM ARCHITECT
Niko Nevatie is the Chief System Architect in Supponor’s Research and Development unit in Espoo and is responsible for the system architecture and its implementation, and guiding the engineering team in its constant system and product improvement . He ensures that sound and pragmatic engineering practices are followed in the development of Supponor’s solution.
Niko has practical real world knowledge in all of the important areas of augmented reality related technologies; including 3D-graphics, digital video streaming/coding/formats, optics design and engineering, high performance low level programming and optimization. Niko joined Supponor in 2008 and has since been part of the most important demonstrations and ramp-ups.
Niko’s background is in pioneering mobile navigation company Navicore and prior to that in a number of early stage startups in diverse technology related roles. He also does many tech and programming related activities in his free-time, including indie game development.