Manel Arroyo has decided to step down from his position as Chief Commercial Officer of Dorna Sports. However, Arroyo will continue to function in another role in the company as a strategic advisor to Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and the executive board.
Dorna Sports announced in an official press release on Wednesday, January 11 that Manuel Arroyo will no longer serve as Chief Commercial Officer of the company. Although Arroyo has decided to step down from his current position, he will continue to work in the organization as an advisor. The company will, for example, assist during a transition period and provide support to find a replacement for this position.
Manuel Arroyo: “My time with Dorna has been the best any professional could dream of. I have been privileged to be part of a uniquely inspired team led by Carmelo Ezpeleta, my employer and friend, who has been the driving force behind the constant improvements in the sport – bringing MotoGP to its most competitive era and the championship becoming a golden reference point within the sports entertainment industry.
I am very proud of the team we have assembled, who have been at the forefront of reshaping the sport and are fearlessly innovative in creating today’s content. I am also very proud of the long lasting relationships we have developed with our partners who have become true committed friends through this journey. I would like to thank the FIM, the drivers and teams, as well as our broadcasters and partners for the incredible relationship we have had.
In my new role, I hope to continue to help MotoGP and Dorna grow, while using my knowledge and experience to help third parties with new ventures in the sports industry, entertainment and media and make our world more sustainable.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “Manel is an incredible asset to the company and an even better friend who I have worked with since 1988 at Dorna. Not only Dorna, but the entire MotoGP family is grateful to Manel for his many years of commitment that has brought incredible growth to our sport.
I thank Manel for his determination and dedication, both of which have led us to become pioneers in the sports entertainment industry with projects such as in-house TV production, our OTT service and our digital platforms, all of which were innovations and helped us bring our sport closer on the fans. I am sure Manel will continue to provide very valuable insight in his new role. Thank you my friend.”
Manel Arroyo was born on May 10, 1960 in Vic (Barcelona). In his early years, Arroyo worked as a journalist for Radio Nacional de España, and in 1986 he joined Spain’s national television station (TVE) as a Formula 1, motorcycling and rugby commentator. In 1988 he became director of communications and press relations for the Real Automobil Club de Catalunya (RACC). He was part of the team that designed and built the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. In 1991 he was part of the team that organized the first Formula 1 Gran Premio de España at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit and the team that added the Catalunya Rally to the FIA World Rally Championship calendar.
Arroyo was also a board member of FC Barcelona from 2010 to 2018 and vice president of the famous Spanish football club from 2014 to 2018. His direct responsibilities at the club included sales, marketing and communications.
Manel Arroyo became CEO of Dorna Sports & MotoGP in 1992. In this position he was responsible for all media activities and his main expertise was content management, production, sales and distribution across all media platforms. He also managed Dorna’s relationship with the media and the traditional press.
In 2021, Arroyo was named head of a new Global Commercial Area that includes media and sponsorship, assuming the responsibilities of Chief Commercial Officer while also continuing to lead the media division.