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Akshay Khanna

Head, Partnerships, NFL, NBA and NHL
StubHub

Akshay joined StubHub in January 2018 as Head of Partnerships – NFL, NBA, and NHL.

Prior to this role, he was the Vice President of Strategy for Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), overseeing the business strategy group and involved in all revenue generating functions of the organization’s teams, including the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center, Crystal Palace of the English Premier League, eSports property Team Dignitas, and the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball.

 

Before joining HBSE, Akshay served as an Associate at Sycamore Partners, a consumer retail-focused private equity firm in New York City with more than $3.5B under management. While at Sycamore Partners, Khanna was involved in evaluating and executing leveraged buyouts and assisting portfolio companies with strategic initiatives and add-on acquisitions.

 

Prior to Sycamore Partners, Akshay was an Analyst at Audax Group, a middle-market private equity firm in Boston with more than $9B in assets across its equity, mezzanine debt, and senior debt businesses.

Akshay earned his A.B., graduating magna cum laude from Middlebury College in 2009. He graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute at The University of Pennsylvania in 2015, where he was a Leonard Lauder Scholar.

Akshay is a member of the Young Professionals Committee of the Success Academy charter schools, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's School of Professional Studies. He was also a member of Forbes' 30 Under 30 (Sports) Class of 2017 and Wharton's 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.

Wednesday, October 31

Crystal Ball 2028: The Evolving Commercial Model

As the traditional sponsorship model continues to evolve, our panelists will discuss emerging categories, new partnership opportunities, the changing world of rights fees and how brands can monetize against social and digital engagement.

Alex Baldwin, Vice President, Marketing Partnerships, PGA TOUR
Peter Feigin, President, Milwaukee Bucks
Charles Greenstein, Senior Vice President, Sponsorship Marketing, Bank of America
Akshay Khanna, Head, Partnerships, NFL, NBA and NHL, StubHub
Daryl Wolfe, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, ISC and Executive Vice President & Chief Sales and Partnership Officer, NASCAR
Moderator: Terry Lefton, Editor-at-Large, Sports Business Journal / Daily