Mike Stubbs . People . Thursday 25th August 2016 . 10:55
The World eSports Association (WESA) has hired Ken Hershman to be the new executive chairman and commissioner.
Hershman has almost 30 years of experience in sports broadcasting, having worked for major US networks such as HBO and Showtime. He is taking over from Pietro Fringuelli, who served as the interim commissioner since WESA’s launch earlier this year.
“Now is the perfect time for WESA to introduce a dynamic and seasoned Commissioner and we’re confident Ken is the right leader to take our organization and sport to new heights,” said Ralf Reichert, WESA Board Director and Co-Founder and Managing Director, ESL. “Ken is a true visionary whose expertise in strategy, creative and execution is precisely what WESA needs to move at digital speed to fulfill our vision to build a world-class esports association.”
“Esports isn’t just the future – it’s the present,” said Hershman. “I’m excited about the challenge and confident my experience can help benefit everyone involved in WESA, including players, teams and leagues, as we work to build bridges and balance collective benefits.”
Since the initial launch, which went less than ideally due to some serious fan backlash, WESA has been relatively quiet. But with the ESL Pro League getting back underway and being the first WESA sanctioned league we finally get to see how much of an impact the organisation will have on pro CS:GO.