Gemdale Sports appoints SRi for WTA brief

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Gemdale Sports appoints SRi for WTA brief

Partner Ting Zhang leading the search for the new Chief Commercial Officer of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen

19 June 2018, Beijing, China – Gemdale Sports has retained SRi Executive to lead a landmark search for a new Chief Commercial Officer of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals, set to be hosted every year for the next decade in Shenzhen, China.

SRi’s Beijing-based Partner, Ting Zhang, will manage the process to identify the new CCO, who will oversee not only all commercial aspects of the WTA Finals project but have the opportunity to explore the acquisition of further projects to the Gemdale Sports stable.

Further details of the position can be found here.

One of China’s largest real estate operators and developers, The Gemdale Group, founded Gemdale Sports in 2003 and has since become one of the leading operators of world-class tennis tournaments including ATP, WTA, and ITF events. The Gemdale Group has a long history of promoting the sport of Tennis in China since the late 80s. The founder Mr Ling Ke, as a passionate tennis lover and successful businessman, shows tremendous commitment to bringing Chinese fans the best experience in tennis through tournaments, community events and academy trainings.

In January 2018 it was announced that Gemdale Sports had won the right to host the WTA Final in Shenzhen until 2029.

Ting Zhang, Partner and Greater China lead at SRi, commented, “SRi is delighted to be retained to lead this extremely important search for the WTA Finals and Gemdale Sports.

“We will harness the power of our expert global team of Partners to ensure we help to appoint a senior international executive of the highest calibre, who will lead the commercial operations of Gemdale Sports.”


About SRi

SRi is a boutique global executive search and consulting firm focused on media, content, technology and sport.

We work as one partner-led team with staff based in key global markets across eleven offices on four continents. We offer dedicated and specific sector, function and region expertise. Our services include executive search, board assessment, succession planning, salary benchmarking, advising clients on their internal and external hiring strategy, new market entry and multi-vacancy projects.

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About Gemdale Group

Founded in 2003, Gemdale Sports is a subsidiary of China leading real estate company Gemdale Group.  By providing tennis-featured international sports education, tournaments & stadiums operations and athletes training and consulting services, Gemdale Sports aimed to be the comprehensive operation platform for international sports and education business in China.

In recreational tennis, Gemdale Sports owns nearly 100 tennis courts amongst China territory, which make it the largest tennis club in China. In professional tennis, Gemdale Sports is one of the leading operators of world-class tournaments including ATP, WTA and ITF as well as domestic events such as Nike Cup and China Junior Tennis Masters Tour.  Gemdale’s extensive experience in tennis means that they are uniquely positioned to create viable and sustainable programs to harness the assets and opportunities offered by major sports and government-led initiatives in China.

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