Dorna Sports announces Manel Arroyo to step down as chief commercial officer

Exec will continue as strategic advisor for MotoGP owner.

Dorna Sports, the owner of the MotoGP global motorcycling series, has announced that chief commercial officer Manel Arroyo will be stepping down from his role.

Contract:

  • The Spaniard will continue as a strategic advisor to the chief executive and the executive committee
  • The 62-year-old will provide assistance during the transition period, as well as support in finding his replacement

Context: Arroyo assumed the chief commercial officer role in 2021 after being named head of a new global commercial area encompassing media and sponsorship at Dorna Sports. The Spaniard was first appointed as a managing director at the organisation back in 1992, so this move brings over 30 years of service to an end.

Comment: Arroyo said: “In my new role, I hope to continue to help MotoGP and Dorna grow, and at the same time use my knowledge and experience in assisting third parties with new ventures in the sports industry, entertainment, and media, and to make our world more sustainable.”

Consequence: Dorna Sports' chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta commended Arroyo's impact on MotoGP's in-house TV productions, over-the-top (OTT) services and digital platforms. With MotoGP's first race of the 2023 season on 26th March, just over two months away, Dorna Sports will hope for a swift appointment in his stead.

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