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DAZN CEO steps down

Simon Denyer to take on a sports investment advisory role at Access Industries

Simon Denyer, the CEO of sports streamer DAZN, has stepped down from his role and will be replaced by CRO James Rushton who will become acting CEO.

According to, Denyer will take on a sports investment advisory role at Access Industries, DAZN’s owner.

It cites an internal memo from John Skipper, DAZN group executive chairman, that said Access Industries owner Len Blavatnik “has asked Simon Denyer to assume a new role at Access Industries to advise on new ventures in sport”.

Rushton was previously chief executive of DAZN before Perform Group divided its assets to create two separate entities in September 2018. At that time, Denyer was CEO of Perform Group, having co-founded the company with Oli Slipper in 2007.

The report adds Ed McCarthy, Access Industries’ corporate director and portfolio manager, has joined DAZN and will sit on the company’s executive committee, playing “a critical role” in delivering the group strategy.

The changes will take effect immediately.