Exarchos, Yiannis

Exarchos, Yiannis

Chief Executive Officer at Olympic Broadcasting Services

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, ten Emmy Awards, seven 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. In 2022, the IOC acknowledged him for his innovative digital fan engagement project implemented for the first time during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to help athletes connect online with their families and friends.