Highly regarded entrepreneur Kenin M. Spivak has been named Special Advisor to the Elite Football League of India Inc. (EFLI) Board of Directors and EFLI CEO, Richard Whelan.
Spivak will advise the Board and Mr. Whelan on all aspects of EFLI's strategy, business development and marketing efforts. Spivak is Chairman & CEO of the SMI Group, which manages a group of entertainment and media companies, including a Los Angeles-based advertising agency and music and television production/distribution companies and also advises boards and senior management on strategy and complex transactions in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Spivak has closed more than $10 billion of financings and complex transactions and supervised films and television series grossing more than $3 billion.
Previously, Spivak was COO of major studio MGM/UA Communications Co.; CEO of independent film studio Island World, technology pioneer Telemac Corporation and Archon Communications, which he co-founded with NewsCorporation and the Milken family trusts; founding chairman of the Paul Mitchell Cosmetology Schools and publishers Phoenix New Millennium and Knowledge Exchange; chairman of the executive committee of Premiere Radio Networks, one of the largest radio networks in the United States, chairman of the independent directors' committee of Metro Traffic Networks, the global leader in traffic and news reporting, vice chairman of hair care leader John Paul Mitchell Systems and NYSE-listed company, Diversified Industries and a Merrill Lynch investment banker.
Spivak received an A.B., M.B.A. and law degrees from Columbia University, each with honors. He is the published author of three books and started early down the path to success by receiving a special citation from New York's Mayor on the City's diamond anniversary as one of 75 of New York's best and brightest for prevailing as the New York City debate champion.
EFLI CEO Richard Whelan said: "I believe Kenin's contribution to EFLI will greatly accelerate our timetable for achieving our goals. Kenin's multi-disciplinary strengths in management, sophisticated cross-border transactions, finance and marketing will help us to swiftly and ably integrate, refine and execute on our plans."
Kenin M. Spivak observed: "Seldom has an entrepreneur's vision been so seemingly obvious, and yet so prescient. Richard and his team had the foresight to conceive of bringing American-style professional football to the world's second most populous country. Then, they had the talent and perseverance to secure unprecedented Government and private licenses and to attract passionate and capable executives and advisors in India and the United States. Their progress has been nothing short of remarkable. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to completing the final steps toward commercializing this compelling business."