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The future CEO: Italo Zanzi

The future CEO: Italo Zanzi



Italo Zanzi, born May 18, 1974 in New York, is a sports business executive and attorney.

Recently Italo worked on behalf of the America’s Cup Event Authority overseeing media rights sales and future event planning. He also consulted on several independent sports and entertainment business projects.


Until October 2011, Italo served as Deputy General Secretary of CONCACAF, The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.  In this capacity, Italo oversaw the Confederation's revenue generating activities, including the CONCACAF Champions League and Gold Cup, as well as its communications and marketing. He also represented the Confederation on FIFA's Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility and Media Committee.


Until November 2007, Italo served as Vice President, International Broadcast Sales & Latin American / US Hispanic Marketing for Major League Baseball. In this capacity, Italo managed three of Major League Baseball’s business functions - international television and radio sales, Latin American marketing and sponsorship, and United States Hispanic marketing initiatives.


While at MLB, Italo negotiated numerous seven-figure media rights agreements in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Canada, and Oceania. Italo also played a pivotal role in the organization of the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. In addition to overseeing media sales for the event, Italo served as the principal liaison to the Latin American baseball federations and managed operations of the San Juan, Puerto Rico venue.


Italo Zanzi was the Republican candidate for United States Congress in 2006 in New York's 1st Congressional District (Eastern Suffolk County). Italo earned 38% of the vote against a two-term incumbent, the most of any Republican challenger in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and 7th highest nationwide.


Italo Zanzi was a goalkeeper for the US National Team Handball team from 1997 to 2007. He competed in 75 international matches and won a Bronze medal at the 2003Pan American Games. He was named the United States Olympic Committee’s Team Handball Athlete of the Year in 2000, 2002, and 2004.[9] Before being introduced to team handball in 1996 after the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Italo was an accomplished soccer player. He played for the University of Chicago where he was named Most Valuable Player in 1995 and later spent a pre-season with the professional soccer team Club Deportivo Lo Barnechea in Chile. He also served as Assistant Coach for the Emory University men's soccer team from 1996 to 1999.


Italo received El Diaro’s “EL Award” in 2005 which is awarded to top Hispanics in business, politics, and entertainment.  Italo Zanzi earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1996, and Juris Doctor and MBA from Emory University in 1999.


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