Hideyuki “Andy” Hata is the latest addition to the executive leadership team of Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship. As the President of ONE Championship Japan, he will be responsible for overseeing operations in Japan, driving development and growth across all key metrics.
“I am thrilled to welcome Andy Hata to our leadership team at ONE Championship,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “Andy is a world-class business leader with a deep passion for sports and a desire to make a big impact on the world. He brings strong startup and global leadership experience, hands-on intellectual firepower, and a proven championship track record of commercial performance.”
Currently, Hata is serves as the President of Nielsen Sports, North Asia, where he is responsible for all of Nielsen Sports’ business activities in Japan, South Korea, and Mainland China. Prior to joining Nielsen Sports, he led a number of global projects with Sony Corporation and was part of Sony’s global partnership team with FIFA where he spearheaded their global activation strategy for all FIFA tournaments, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
“I am excited and honored to be a part of a billion dollar global property like ONE Championship that is focused on and committed to celebrating Asian values on a global stage,” Hata stated. “I look forward to expanding the opportunities ONE Championship has in a market rich in the tradition of martial arts, as well as bringing ONE Championship’s brand of world-class entertainment to Japanese fans across the country.”
Hata earned a bachelor’s degree in Law from Meiji University. He is also a recognizable figure and respected voice in the Japanese sports industry, often speaking on television as well as at industry forums and events.
With ONE Championship, Andy will be responsible for driving day-to-day operations, focused specifically on Japan. Andy’s global domain expertise in both business development and sports will play a vital role as he oversees all areas of the business, including the execution of key strategic projects, strengthening relationships and partnerships, growth and expansion, and daily operations.
ONE Championship is set to enter the Japanese market in 2019 with its first event “ONE: A New Era” on March 31, 2019 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The second event in the country is “ONE: Greatness Unleashed” in October 2019.