Vice President, Business Development, Asia Lagardère Sports
Malcolm Thorpe has extensive experience working in sports in Asia, with over 24 years of cumulative experience running various sports verticals throughout the region. Malcolm joined Lagardère Sports in May 2013, based in Singapore, with his main role being to develop sports event programming for the Group in Asia. Focussed initially around the Group’s commitments with the Singapore Sports Hub, Malcolm was responsible for securing and operating some of the biggest events in the Sports Hub calendar, including Japan v Brazil in 2014 and the Premier League’s Barclays Asia Trophy in 2015. In addition to his on-going role with the Sports Hub project, Malcolm is now also responsible for Lagardère Sports business development across the Asia region.
Malcolm’s sports marketing career began when he joined IMG as a lawyer in London in 1992. He moved to New Delhi in 1995 to set up IMG’s India operations, including football, tennis, golf and cricket. In 1998 Malcolm relocated to Hong Kong and ran IMG’s football business across Asia for 8 years, representing many national football federations and organising tours and matches for the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid and England. Malcolm left IMG in 2005 and moved to the Middle East, becoming Sports Business Director at Dubai Sports City, where he was responsible for establishing the sports event and marketing strategy for the project. From 2010 to 2013, Malcolm worked with Blenheim Chalcot, a UK-based investment group, on a variety of businesses, primarily in India, including online betting, sports-related internet and mobile technologies and the Rajasthan Royals IPL franchise.
Originally from Yorkshire, England, Malcolm is married to Pooja and they have three children aged 14, 12 and 10.