Tim Wright has worked in sports marketing for 30 years. Before that he worked at some of London’s best advertising agencies.
For ten years he was at IMG, the world’s pre-eminent sports marketing and management company, where he helped manage the careers of some of the greatest racing drivers ever to have lived, including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. He has represented the commercial rights at Chelsea Football Club. His consulting clients have included Nike, Sky Sports and Manchester United.
In 2008, as managing director of IMG India, he helped set up the Indian Premier League (IPL), the most successful new sports property created anywhere in the world over the last ﬁfty years. He then became CEO of the Deccan Chargers, the IPL franchise for the city of Hyderabad. During his time there he oversaw a re-branding and created a culture and management group, including the appointment of Adam Gilchrist as captain and Darren Lehmann as head coach. (This was Lehmann’s ﬁrst role as a coach and he would go on to win the Ashes as head coach of Australia.)
Having ﬁnished in last place in the inaugural IPL (while Wright was setting up the tournament) Deccan Chargers became IPL Champions in 2009.
Shortly before IPL 2 Tim Wright resigned from Deccan Chargers alleging breach of contract. He sued the holding company, Deccan Chronicle Holdings, and was awarded £10.53m at the High Court in London in 2012. Section 13 of the Indian Civil Code required Wright to enforce this English judgment through the Indian courts. 44 successive hearings were adjourned between 2012 and 2014...
Tim is married to Helen, a senior executive in the luxury retail business. They live in London with their ﬁfteen year old son, Theo.