IRONMAN Announces Promotion of Four Employees to Senior Vice President Across Finance, Legal and Operations

December 14th, 2018

IRONMAN Announces Promotion of Four Employees to Senior Vice President Across Finance, Legal and Operations

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 14, 2018) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings Company, is pleased to announce the promotion of four employees to Senior Vice President roles at IRONMAN effective January 1, 2019 – Kim Aqabli, Sr. Vice President of Finance; Diana Bertsch, Sr. Vice President of World Championship Events; Brooks Cowan, Sr. Vice President, Legal; and Elizabeth O’Brien, Sr. Vice President of Financial Planning & Strategy.

“It is always a pleasure to recognize employees who have earned the opportunity for career advancement,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN. “Kim, Diana, Brooks and Elizabeth are exceptional and highly competent individuals who have earned their senior leadership positions here at IRONMAN through outstanding work, proven results and leadership within the Company. Each of these remarkable individuals has proven integral to the success of IRONMAN. I congratulate them and look forward to their continued contributions.”

Kim Aqabli, Sr. Vice President of Finance

Kim joined IRONMAN in 2012 and since that time has built the processes and functions that the company relies on for accounting and reporting. Kim’s role has grown to include the accounting, bank reporting, treasury, accounts payable and accounts receivable areas of the business. Prior to her career with IRONMAN, Kim spent 15 years at Ernst & Young in the corporate audit practice.

Diana BertschSr. Vice President of World Championship Events

Diana has been with the company since 1997 and became Race Director of the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona in 2003. In 2013, Diana was promoted to Vice President of World Championship Events, taking over guidance of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, which has grown substantially under her leadership. Diana also recently added the management of the Abbott World Marathon Majors relationship to her portfolio of responsibilities.

Brooks Cowan, Sr. Vice President, Legal

Brooks joined the legal department in 2011. In his role, Brooks has successfully managed a number of strategic partnerships and special projects along with managing numerous acquisitions. He oversees the protection of all of IRONMAN’s intellectual property and a large contingent of the legal staff. 

Elizabeth O’Brien, Sr. Vice President of Financial Planning & Strategy

Elizabeth joined IRONMAN in June of 2017 with the acquisition of CGI and now oversees the financial analysis, strategy and reporting functions for the Company. She has led efforts to improve the finance team’s support for business functions and regions. In addition, she is responsible for improving the systems and processes utilized to provide information to the organization.

For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit Those seeking career opportunities at IRONMAN can visit here. Media related inquiries may be directed to


As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, the IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit

About Wanda Sports Holdings

Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media and marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.


IRONMAN Announces Promotion of Four Employees to Senior Vice President Across Finance, Legal and Operations

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