Nathan Pillai

Nathan Pillai
Vice President SailGP, Endeavor

Nathan Pillai has spent two decades creating value for investors, world-class IP owners and blue-chip talent. Headhunted by the doyen of global sports and entertainment, Endeavor (NYSE: EDR), to lead Global Business Development for IMG, he was tasked with driving double-digit growth to support a public listing through the acquisition and development of talent or IP-backed ventures such as sports leagues, immersive experiences, music festivals, etc. 

In 2020, he was appointed to manage Endeavor’s investment in the startup racing league SailGP (owned by Larry Ellison). Featuring the best athletes in the world racing the fastest machines on water powered entirely by nature, SailGP enters its third season with a re-engineered value proposition rooted in purpose, triple-digit YOY revenue growth, broadcast coverage in 190-plus countries, three new franchise teams and new race venues such as Dubai and Singapore. 

In March 2021, Endeavor and SailGP announced an innovative partnership with the NEAR Foundation (responsible for the layer 1 blockchain NEAR protocol), which included a groundbreaking commitment to allowing sports fans access to one of the most elusive assets on the planet: ownership of a pro-sports team franchise through a DAO.