July 11 2016

Octagon Promotes Global Leaders John Shea & Jeff Ehrenkranz

Press Releases, John Shea, Jeff Ehrenkranz, Marketing

NORWALK, CT, USA (July 11, 2016) – Octagon, the global sports and entertainment marketing leader, announces two leadership promotions, positioning the agency for continued expansion of its global marketing and events business. John Shea has been promoted to President, Marketing and Events and Jeff Ehrenkranz has been promoted to President, Marketing International.  John and Jeff, both with the organizations for more than 20 years, bring an unmatched expertise, industry relationships and bold commitment to their elevated roles. Both will report directly to Octagon Worldwide Chairman & CEO Rick Dudley.

“The leadership, creativity and relentless drive John and Jeff have embodied throughout their careers is unparalleled,” said Dudley. “One of the hallmarks of Octagon is our leadership, and John and Jeff exemplify everything about Octagon that puts us in the right place to face tomorrow’s market challenges for our clients and our people.”

Shea’s management of Octagon’s North and South American consulting teams has resulted in client partnerships that span decades and programs recognized by Cannes, Clio Sports and others.  He has created results-driven sponsorship platforms across a variety of segments, and managed relationships with all of the major sports leagues and organizations in the Americas. John will now be responsible for Marketing Americas, the Events division and The Content Group.

Most recently, Jeff Ehrenkranz served as Octagon’s Managing Director EMEI, overseeing operations and new business across the region, he adds Asia Pacific to his responsibilities.  Jeff has focused much of his career on international sports and entertainment consulting including residency and long-term assignments in Japan, Australia and Europe, gaining the reputation as one of the industry’s top marketing strategists.  This year, Jeff’s team was recognized as Consultancy of the Year by the UK Sponsorship Awards.


About Us: Octagon, (NYSE: IPG) is the world’s largest sponsorship consulting practice, managing and influencing some $3 billion in sponsorship-related spending annually. Octagon also is a pioneer and leader in athlete & personality representation and management. With more than 800+ employees worldwide, Octagon works with hundreds of blue-chip corporate clients, more than 800 athletes & personalities clients and manages more than 13,000 events per year.  Octagon received the 2015 Sports Business Award for Best in Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services, marking the third time the agency has won the award. To learn more about Octagon, visit: www.Octagon.com or follow us on Twitter at @octagon.