Takehiko Nakamura joins LeadOff Sports Marketing
NEW YORK (March 16, 2010) – LeadOff Sports Marketing announced today that Takehiko Nakamura, former Director of International Business Development at FC Barcelona, has joined LeadOff Sports Marketing's leadership team as General Manager to lead its international soccer efforts. Nakamura will oversee and manage all facets of sponsorship, marketing, branding and representation for all LeadOff Sports Marketing soccer related properties.
Nakamura previously served as Director of International Business at FC Barcelona. During his tenure with the storied Spanish club, Nakamura oversaw business development throughout Asia, North America and Oceania, and most recently spearheaded the club's tour opportunities in Asia.
Prior to joining FC Barcelona, Nakamura worked as Manager of International Business at Major League Soccer/Soccer United Marketing. While at MLS/SUM he developed and launched the Pan-Pacific Championship, the first official championship among the North American and Asian soccer leagues' champion clubs.
The Tokyo native who grew up in the States for 10 years received a Bachelors of Law at Aoyama Gakuin University, where he was the member of the nationally ranked varisty soccer team, and a Master of Sport Management from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.