IEG Appoints Sports Media Veteran Bruce Blair As Senior Vice President, Client Solutions

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IEG, LLC-the world's leading provider of independent counsel, research and training for corporate sponsors and properties-announced today that former ESPN business development executive Bruce Blair has joined the company as senior vice president, client solutions.

IEG, LLC-the world's leading provider of independent counsel, research and training for corporate sponsors and properties-announced today that former ESPN business development executive Bruce Blair has joined the company as senior vice president, client solutions.

In his new role, Blair will share responsibility for new business development for IEG's Sponsorship Consulting division.

"With his wealth of experience in sports media and marketing, Bruce will play a critical role in identifying and creating solutions for clients--especially those involved in broadcast properties who are seeking to value, integrate and measure those platforms and produce greater returns," said IEG CEO Laren Ukman.

Blair most recently served as vice president, business development for ESPN national advertising sales in Chicago, responsible for developing new business and upgrading partnerships with CMO and director-level clients and agency representatives for category-leading and emerging brands.

"As someone who has long been familiar with IEG's suite of services, I have a great appreciation for IEG's contribution to the sponsorship market and look forward to my role in growing the business and delivering tremendous value to clients," Blair said.

Blair first joined ESPN in 1983 and spent the majority of his career with the network. His experience includes developing new accounts for television, online, mobile, print, radio and event marketing.

As a longtime vice president of ad sales at ESPN, Blair worked with client and agency decision-makers in a variety of management roles. He spent several years managing television network ad sales in the central region, as well as all advertising and partnership sales nationally for the ESPN+ college events and syndication division.

He also served as Leo Burnett/Starcom Worldwide's first vice president-sports media director before returning to ESPN.

About IEG, LLC

IEG is the world's leading provider of independent research, consulting, training and analysis on sponsorship. Founded in 1981, IEG provides corporations and properties with the strategies and tools to harness the sales and marketing power of sports, arts, entertainment and cause marketing.

IEG offers services that include sponsorship consulting, competitive intelligence and valuation. IEG also publishes IEG Sponsorship Report, the international online newsletter on sponsorship; the IEG Sponsorship Sourcebook, the definitive guide to sponsors, properties and agencies; and other industry publications and sources.

IEG also is the leader in sponsorship training. Its internationally renowned Sponsorship Conference, now in its 28th year, attracts a capacity crowd of delegates each year. Through its conferences, seminars and webinars, IEG has trained more than 45,000 sponsorship executives worldwide.

For more information about IEG and the sponsorship industry, please visit http://www.sponsorship.com or call 800/834-4850 (outside the U.S. and Canada, 312/944-1727).

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