IMG Worldwide, a leading sports, fashion and media company, have appointed Gary Double as Vice President of Corporate Communications in Europe.
Based in IMG's International HQ in London, he will report to and work closely with IMG Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Jim Gallagher. Double will be responsible for PR and Corporate Communications across IMG's businesses in the UK and EMEA, splitting his time between the various Media and Sports & Entertainment sectors of the business. He will also support the growing needs of the business in Asia.
Double has more than 20 years' experience in sports PR and joins IMG after running his own sports communications consultancy and having also been Director of Media and Communications with then English Premier League club Portsmouth FC for over three years.
"We are delighted to welcome Gary to the IMG team," said Gallagher. "He has vast experience and knowledge of the world of sport and media in the European market and has worked with some high-profile companies and personalities across a broad range of sports. He comes with an excellent reputation and a proven track record within the business and will be an invaluable addition as we continue to showcase IMG's portfolio around the world."
Double said: "I'm very excited about the challenge of working with IMG. IMG is a company that I have worked alongside for various clients and companies and I have always admired and been impressed by their professionalism and integrity. I'm looking forward to playing my part in helping to improve communications and increase awareness of IMG's unrivalled portfolio of unique global assets."
Double was in-house at the BBC and BSB before setting up on his own where his clients included ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Eurosport.
He has worked alongside several governing bodies and associations and on several major events including the Summer and Winter Olympics, the football (soccer) and rugby World Cups, the Ryder Cup, the Champions League, Test Match cricket, Wimbledon, Formula One motor racing, the NFL, NHL, MLB and the NBA.