Board Members

Pierre Andurand

Chairman of the Board

Pierre Andurand is the Chairman and majority shareholder in Glory Sports International, the owner and operator of GLORY.

A multi award-winning hedge fund investor, Pierre launched BlueGold Capital in February 2008. As the fund’s Chief Investment Officer and majority shareholder, he was the driving force behind its outstanding success that included $2.5 billion in managed assets and returns in excess of 250% net of fees to investors over the course of its four-year lifespan.  

Pierre became recognized as one of the most successful energy traders between 2003 and 2007 at Vitol SA, the largest oil trading company in the world, which appointed him as a partner in 2004.  

Between 2002 and 2003, Pierre was a principal and oil trader at Bank of America in Singapore. He was recruited out of graduate school in 2000 by Goldman Sachs to be an oil trader for the bank’s commodities trading unit in Singapore. 

Pierre has invested in and helped establish several early-stage companies across multiple geographic and industrial sectors as diverse as technology, biotechnology, finance, luxury hospitality, commodities and sports.  He is in the midst of establishing his next hedge fund, Andurand Capital.

Pierre holds a Masters Degree in International Finance from HEC, Paris and an Engineering Degree in Applied Mathematics from INSA, Toulouse, France. He was also a member of the French Junior Swimming Team in 1993 and 1994.

A lifelong athlete and martial arts enthusiast, Pierre has over a decade of training in a diverse set of combat disciplines, including Muay Thai and Kung-Fu, and is the owner of leading MMA and kickboxing gym Urban Kings, located in London.

 

Scott Rudmann

Vice Chairman of the Board

Scott is the co-founder of Glory Sports International and serves as its Vice Chairman.

Scott founded the private equity investment firm Nectar Capital in 2002. He has over 25 years of experience in the media and leisure sectors, as an investor, operator, financier. He has been an investor or a lead banker in three media and leisure IPOs. Scott previously worked in private equity and fund-of-funds allocations at J. Rothschild Capital Management.

Prior to his private equity experience, Scott was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank in London with the media corporate finance team where equity deals he originated or completed amounted to over £6.2 billion across the publishing, film, and television businesses. In his early career, Scott spent three years at McKinsey and Company in California, Argentina, and Brazil, where his clients included a major Hollywood motion picture studio, two major American symphony orchestras, the US Government (for their strategy for bringing the Internet into public schools), private banks in the United States and Argentina, a natural gas derivatives company, and a privately held global construction and engineering company.

Scott currently serves on the Board of a several Nectar portfolio companies, Total Sports Asia, a leading sports marketing and media rights business with a pan-Asian focus, Boom Cycle, London’s leading indoor cycling group, and SportsFix, a pioneering south-east Asian sports OTT offering. He also serves as co-Portfolio Manager for the Nectar Global Alpha fund and as CIO for Nectar's private equity funds and investments.

Scott holds a BA magna cum laude in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) from Claremont McKenna College and Oxford University, and an MBA (high distinction) from the Harvard Business School. He is a founding committee member of the UK Council of Democrats Abroad and a regular contributor to the London Symphony Orchestra and the Serpentine Gallery.

 

JON FRANKLIN

Director and CEO

Jon J Franklin is Chief Executive Officer of Glory. Prior to Glory Franklin was a Vice President of IMG Media, President of Golden Gloves Boxing and President of The Sports and Entertainment Company. At IMG Media Franklin ran the Winter and Olympic Sports divisions and managed a number of Olympic and World Champion athletes. At The Sports and Entertainment Company, Franklin was instrumental as a consultant to AIBA - Boxing to help bring professional boxers the 2016 Olympics. He produced the USA and England WSB series of over 30 fights for Versus Television and NBC Sports Network. At the Golden Gloves, Franklin brought the National Championships back to USA Network television for the first time in over 20 years while selling the title sponsorship to the US Army. Franklin also served as broadcast supervisor for Boxing at the 2012 London Olympic Games. In addition Franklin was part of the America Presents Team that promoted Mike Tyson fights from Francis Botha through Brian Nielson. At that time Franklin also managed all fights for the Fox Sunday Night Fights and promoted a number of Pay-per-View events including David Reid vs. Felix Trinidad (in conjunction with Don King). In 2014, Franklin executive produced television events for Iron Mike Tyson Productions for Fox and Spike Networks. Franklin has won numerous television awards including Telly and Aurora awards for TV production.

Franklin has a Jurist Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and completed his undergraduate work at University of Michigan and UCLA. He is a competitive level snow and water-skier who is proud of having been the analyst for Outdoor Life and Versus network broadcasts of the Water Ski World Cup.

 

PAUL KARGER

Director

Paul is the cofounder and manager partner of TwinFocus Capital Partners, an investment advisory firm that manages $4 billion for a select group of family offices and institutional investors around the world. He leads the firm’s investing efforts in private equity. Paul has had nearly a 20 year career as an entrepreneur and investor in several successful ventures across the financial, healthcare and consumer sectors. Prior to founding TwinFocus in 2006, Paul was a vice president, founder and director of the Karger Group at UBS, which advised private and institutional investors.

Paul is an investor in and on the board of several companies including CellInfo, Promontory Point Resources, Zillion and EyeSite. Paul is also a cofounder and Foundation Board president at Bridge Boston Charter School, and inner-city K1-8 school serving Boston’s most underserved youth. He is a strong supporter and actively involved with the Institute for Contemporary Art Boston, YearUp and Boston Medical Center.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Boston University and received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012. Paul also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of YPO. Paul is a longtime martial artist and has competed and actively trains in Muay Thai, Boxing, Kali and Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do. Paul was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as Commissioner to the State Athletic Commission.

Eric Zhang

Director 

As Yao' s long-time business partner, Mr. Zhang helped Yao’s transition to NBA 14 years ago and has managed Yao' s business portfolio since then. As a veteran sport industry operator, Mr. Zhang brings industry insight, strategic resources, and management know-how that could be valuable to companies Yao Capital will invest in. Similar to Yao, Mr. Zhang is also well known in international sports circle. Mr. Zhang received his B.S degree from University of Wisconsin and studied in the MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Will Zhu

Director 

15 years of experiences in private equity, M&A and corporate finance. Mr. Zhu was an Executive Director with Fosun Group where he led investment deals of Adin Media, LeSports and Infront Sports and Media. Previously, Mr. Zhu was a Vice President with CITIC PE, responsible for the landmark buy-out of leading German equipment manufacturer Putzmeister. Previously, Mr. Zhu was an associate with Hony Capital. Mr. Zhu received his B.S degree from Wuhan University and his MBA degree from University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross school of business