INDIANAPOLIS - The 500 Festival has named former Turner Broadcasting executive Bob Bryant as its new president and CEO, officials announced Wednesday.
Bryant brings 20 years of experience from the sports, broadcast, motor sports, entertainment and retail industries. Bryant currently serves as the tournament director at the BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP World Tour event that features the top men’s professional tennis players.
Bryant also spent five years at Turner Broadcasting and the Cartoon Network, mostly as vice president of off-channel commerce.
As President and CEO, Bryant is responsible for directing the 500 Festival to produce programs, grow corporate support and sponsorship, build the foundation and increase community engagement.
"I am extremely honored and excited to be selected to lead the 500 Festival into this next chapter," Bryant said in a statement. "Indianapolis is clearly a community that has deep roots in racing and has proved itself time and again that it can host world-class events. I look forward to building on the reputation of this established organization."
"Bob has a strong track record of success and innovation in the event field,” said Ted Dickman, 500 Festival chairman of the board, in a statement. "He truly understands how a city comes together for large-scale events. We are thrilled that Bob and his family will be joining the community in this important leadership role."
Bryant will assume his new role on June 10, 2013.