GEORGE O'GRADY AND TIM FINCHEM TO RECEIVE KPMG'S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Each year, KPMG presents a special Lifetime Achievement Award at
the Golf Business Forum, in recognition of outstanding achievement
and leadership in both the game and business of golf.
In recent years we have been privileged to personally welcome
and grant the Award on golfing greats including Jack Nicklaus,
Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Greg Norman, as well as visionary
business leaders Dr. David Chu, Ken Schofield and Dana Garmany.
This year, we are delighted to announceGeorge O'GradyCBE, Chief
Executive of The European Tour, andTim Finchem, PGA TOUR
Commissioner, as joint recipients of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement
Chief Executive of The European Tour
A former Investment Analyst in the City ofLondon, George O'Grady
joined The European Tour in 1974 becoming a Tournament Director and
Staging Director for The Ryder Cup in 1981, 1985 and 1989.
In 1984 O'Grady launched the Tour's commercial arm, European
Tour Enterprises and, together with Ken Schofield, established The
European Seniors Tour. He was central to the Tour's non-network TV
policy, which ultimately led to the creation of European Tour
Productions, a joint venture with Trans World International (TWI),
to take control of the production and broadcasting of tournaments.
It proved to be one of the most important commercial and sports
marketing innovations in the Tour's history.
Having been appointed Executive Director of the European Tour in
January 2005, George O'Grady's job title changed to Chief Executive
in January 2007 to reflect his continued concentration on the
business development of The European Tour.
PGA TOUR Commissioner
A lawyer by profession, Tim Finchem served in the White House as
Deputy Advisor to The President in the Office of Economic Affairs,
1978-9, before co-founding the National Strategies and Marketing
Group in WashingtonDC.
He joined the PGA TOUR in 1987 as Vice-President of Business
Affairs, succeeding Deane Beman as Commissioner in June 1994. Since
then, Finchem has significantly expanded the earnings opportunities
for PGA TOUR players domestically and internationally.
Finchem has also been instrumental in the formation of the
International Federation of PGA Tours and the World Golf
Foundation. His personal dedication to the success of the World
Golf Foundation's The First Teeinitiative has meant that, in little
over a decade,The First Tee has grown to include more than 200
chapters, reaching more than 6.5 million young people.