Position: Chief Executive Officer, OBS and Executive Director, Olympic Channel
Yiannis Exarchos is the CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the organisation created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to serve as the permanent host broadcaster for all Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games. He was appointed to this position following the Olympic Games London 2012, after having served as a top executive for all Olympic host broadcasting organisations since Athens 2004.
In 2015 he was also named Executive Director of Olympic Channel Services (OCS), the corporate entity charged with creating and operating the IOC's Olympic Channel, which was successfully launched in 2016 and is now the core hub for content creation, technology and digital development, as well as data analysis for Olympics.com and the wider Olympic digital ecosystem. He is also a member of the OCS SL Board of Directors.
Specialising in the management and coverage of global sporting events, his background in radio, television, music and film brings a comprehensive perspective to the planning and management of the broadcast of major events.
His in-depth media experience and leadership have earned him numerous nominations and recognitions, including, among many others, five Emmy Awards, five Webby Awards and more than ten Telly Awards. He also received an award from the Greek National Olympic Committee for his long-term contribution to the Olympic Movement, and the Great Wall Friendship Award in acknowledgment of his contribution to Beijing's progress and development.
Yiannis Exarchos was born in Athens in 1964 and studied Law and Film directing. During his earlier career, he produced and presented cultural and art programmes on Greek TV and Radio and held several management and senior executive positions in a number of broadcast organisations, including Executive Director of the Greek national broadcaster ERT. He has lectured at numerous conferences and collaborated with several public and private organisations such as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). He is also a regular speaker at international conferences and events on broadcast, new technologies and digital media.
He lives in Madrid with his wife Vana; his native language is Greek and he is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.