SIGA AMERICA, the North American subsidiary of the world’s leading sport integrity coalition, is launching today, during Sport Integrity Week 2021, its high-level senior Advisory Board, as part of its efforts to expand SIGA’s global footprint and usher sport into a new era of enhanced governance and greater integrity.

Established as a non-for-profit organization under section 501 (3) (c), SIGA AMERICA focuses on three strategic priorities:

  1. Good Governance in Sport (including race, gender, diversity and inclusion);
  2. Sport Betting Integrity; and
  3. Youth Development and Protection in Sport.

The creation of SIGA AMERICA, now reinforced with an independent, high level Advisory Board, is part of a tailored continental approach to the increasing governance and integrity challenges facing Sport and the wider industry in North America. This fundamental step marks the coalition’s rapid expansion, with SIGA EUROPE created earlier this year, and plans for SIGA ASIA in the pipeline.

Chaired by Dan Mannix, Senior Advisor, and former CEO of CSM North America, the Advisory Board is responsible for providing strategic guidance and independent advice to SIGA AMERICA’s leadership on relevant matters and projects, supporting the implementation of the organization’s vision, mission, and global reform agenda.

The SIGA AMERICA Advisory Board is composed of:



  • Dan Mannix: Senior Advisor & Former CEO, CSM North America| Founder & former CEO, Lead Dog Marketing Group


Deputy Chair

 Jessica Berman: Deputy Commissioner & Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, National Lacrosse League| Former Vice President, National Hockey League


Members (alphabetical order)

  •  April Holmes: Co-Founder & CEO, HeroHangout| SIGA Champion | 14 Times IPC World Records, Member of the IPC’s Top 10 Women in Paralympic Sports, NCAA 2016 Inspirational Athlete of the Year
  •  Gabrielle Armand: Vice President Brand, Sales and Marketing,Jazz Lincoln Center | former Executive Director for Marketing & Communications, United Nations Association of the USA
  •  Mark Riccio: CEO, USA Lacrosse
  • Renee Brown: Former Senior Vice President & Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, WNBA, 2005-2016 | Former Assistant Coach of 1996 Olympic Basketball Team | 20 years at WNBA
  • Ross Meltzer: President, Properties and Chief Business Officer,CSM
  • Ulysses Smith, President and CEO,Telos Governance Advisers LLC
  •  Sandra E. Lopez, Vice President, Intel Sports and Media | Co-Chair, World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on VR/AR/XR | Award Winner of the Top Women in Media and HiTEC 100: The Most Influential and Notable Hispanic Professionals in IT (2019); Named the Most Powerful Women in Technology


Commenting the launch of the Advisory Board, Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, Chairman & CEO of SIGA AMERICA and Global CEO of SIGA, stated:

We are honored to welcome such a prestigious group of leaders to SIGA AMERICA as members of our newly established Advisory Board. They hold an unrivalled wealth of knowledge and expertise and an impressive track record from a wide range of sectors, combined with genuine passion for Sport and belief in SIGA’s vision and reform agenda. I look forward to working with them as we remain resolutely focused on delivering our mission to help the American sport movement and the wider industry to meet the increasingly complex challenges ahead. I thank them for their commitment to SIGA AMERICA and Sport Integrity and wish them every success.”


Commenting on his appointment, Dan Mannix stated:

I am proud to be appointed as Chair of the SIGA AMERICA Advisory Board and honoured to work with such a passionate and diverse groups of industry leaders. SIGA is an organisation whose time has come! Having worked in sports marketing and the wider sports industry, I know all too well the need to protect the integrity of the game. It is vital! Integrity is core for sport and its ecosystem including those that invest in it. Sport in America is facing several pressing challenges. At the Advisory Board, we #StandWithSIGA to deliver its vision and mission of a sport played and governed under the highest integrity standards. We call on the US sports industry to join our global movement.




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SIGA is the world´s largest coalition in the field of sport´s governance and integrity. Supported by more than 100 international multi-industry supporters, SIGA is an independent and neutral organisation whose mission is to bring about meaningful reforms and enhance the integrity of all sports through a set of universal standards operated by an independent and neutral body. SIGA is the only organisation to bring together sport, governments, academia, international organisations, sponsors, business, rights holders, NGOs and professional services companies, from every region in the world, around a common cause of fostering greater integrity throughout sport.

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