Chief Executive Officer
Mark Pannes is currently serving as chief executive officer for AS Roma of Serie A in Italy. He holds this role as part of his responsibilities as Managing Director, RaptorAccelerator. For over two decades Mark has built and revitalized sports and entertainment businesses in the US, UK and Europe. His track record includes each club he has worked with across 17 seasons making the playoffs, qualifying for European competition, and in 12 of those years, leading their respective leagues in total revenues.
In his previous role as Director, Global Sports Group (GSG) for HSBC Private Bank (2006-2010), Mark ran the bank’s sports practice, which he founded in 2006. At his departure, the GSG managed funds under service (FUS) totaling USD$1.45 Billion for over 500 athletes and institutions worldwide, with representatives in 19 jurisdictions on four continents.
Previously, Mark served as MD for the 1st division pro basketball club in Paris, France, Paris Basket Racing (2005-06). Mark was CEO of the Skilo Brand consultancy (2000-04), and he spent the 1990s at Madison Square Garden with the NY Knicks. With Mark as CMO, the NYK launched the first HD television game broadcasts in sports, set the all-time indoor sports season box office receipts record (1999-2000 season), and compiled the then longest active consecutive games sellout streak in US sports (427 games – every game for nine+ seasons). In 1997, he helped launch the WNBA’s NY Liberty, which led the league in box office receipts its first seven seasons, and played in three championship finals.
While at MSG, Mark earned a JD from Fordham Law School’s evening program. He graduated from the University of Texas College of Communication in 1991 with Special Honors and as a William Randolph Hearst Fellow of the College. In 2009, he was named the College’s Alumnus of the Year, and is a charter board member of the University of Texas Program in Sports and Media.
A frequent media contributor, Mark has appeared in the NY Times, Times of London, CNN, Le Figaro, Bloomberg News, ESPN, the Wall Street Journal, L’Equipe, and the Financial Times.