Japanese Snowboard Prodigy Ayumu Hirano Headlines Clients Moving to IMG Action
Sports Division With Carl Harris
Carl Harris Former President of Ookii Co Athlete Management &
Marketing Joins IMG Worldwide Action Sports Team
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/06/13 -- IMG Worldwide today
announced that Carl Harris, former President of Ookii Co Athlete
Management & Marketing has joined the Action Sports division of the
company. Harris will be based in Los Angeles and brings his current
stable of clients including Japanese snowboarding phenom Ayumu Hirano
and Two-time U.S. Open of Snowboarding Champion, Kazu Kokubo.
Snowboarding and skateboarding in Japan since age four, Ayumu Hirano
splits his time between the U.S. and Japan. Hirano started the 2013
season winning the Burton High Five in New Zealand and has been
increasingly dominating events. In March 2013, the 14-year-old earned
second place at the Burton U.S. Open of Snowboarding Championships
and became the youngest snowboarder ever to claim the prestigious
"TTR Halfpipe World Champion" title at the event. This victory
follows Hirano's silver medal win at the Aspen X Games in February,
and first place finish at the 2013 Burton European Open Halfpipe
Finals in Laax, Switzerland.
A fixture at the WX Final and competitions around the world, Kazu
Kokubo was the 2010 WX SuperPipe bronze medalist and competed at both
the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Torino 2006 Winter Olympics.
In competition he focuses on style and always incorporates the latest
tricks. Kokubo also appeared in the opening sequence of the Burton
movie, "Standing Sideways" in 2011. Additionally, Eiju Hirano
(Ayumu's Brother), Teddy Koo, Kohei Kudo and Kotaro Kamimura join the
IMG family with Harris.
Harris joins IMG from Ookii Co Athlete Management and Marketing where
he served as President for the past three years. Previously, Harris
spent three years as Vice President of Business Development at VAS
Entertainment. Prior to that, Harris spent five years at Viacom's MTV
Network. Harris has also held positions at Swatch Group, Burton
Snowboards, and as Supervising Producer and Director for Tony Hawk's
Boom Boom HuckJam.
"We are excited to welcome Carl to IMG, he's done an amazing job
assembling a tremendously talented group of snowboarders,"
Ervin, Vice President, IMG Action Sports. "Kazu has driven the
progression of snowboarding for over a decade, and at 14-years-old
Ayumu is poised to be the future of the sport."
"The opportunity to join IMG was an easy decision to make. IMG's vast
global network and worldwide presence offers tremendous access to
incredible resources to develop Ayumu's and Kazu's professional
careers well into the future," said Carl Harris.
Koya Kikuchi, Managing Director, IMG Japan, said, "As we continue to
solidify our position as a leader in the actions sports business
landscape, the ability to work with world-class talent such as Ayumu
Hirano and Kazu Kokubo provides the opportunity to truly leverage
IMG's global capabilities in the marketplace."
IMG represents some of the most influential and well-known athletes
and event properties within the Action Sports world. IMG represents
Olympic Gold medalist, Lindsey Vonn, surfing sensation, Kolohe Andino
and Motocross rider Ryan Dungey among many others.
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business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries
around the globe. IMG's areas of expertise are diverse and wide
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