Creative Artists Agency has brought former IMG president-CEO Bob Kain to become strategic adviser to the percentery’s sports business.
Kain, who most recently served as vice chairman of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and who advised owner Randy Lerner on his acquisition of English Premier League soccer team Aston Villa, spent 30 years at sports powerhouse IMG and became CEO and president when founder Mark McCormack died in 2003.
In addition to steering the agency, he repped tennis talent like Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert.
Kain reunites with several former IMG heavy hitter agents who left that company to join CAA Sports. They include Tom Condon, who heads CAA’s football division, Casey Close, who heads baseball, and Pat Brisson, who heads hockey.
Formed two years ago, CAA Sports now reps more than 400 jocks, making both on and off-the-field deals for most of those athletes.
“Bob’s strategic vision and business acumen have made him one of the most accomplished and well-respected executives in all of sports,” said CAA prexy Richard Lovett. “He has been a pioneer in defining what a sports agency could be and in shaping a global model for the media and sports industries.”