Yannick Colaco will step down as Vice President & Managing Director of NBA India, by the end of the month. Colaco has been in the current role since February 2013 and reports to NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum.
Under Colaco leadership, the NBA has seen tremendous growth in India in the last three years fueled by a multi-year television partnership with Sony SIX, a localized digital destination in partnership with The 120 Media Collective, the league’s first online store in India (in partnership with Jabong) and two of the largest grassroots sports programs in the country.
Prior to joining the NBA in February 2013, Colaco served as COO of Nimbus Sport. During his tenure, Colaco led the company’s business interests across a wide range of sports properties including the Indian Premier League, the English Premier League, Cricket World Cup’s, Indian Open Golf and Asia Cup events.
Colaco leads the league’s efforts to grow participation in basketball in partnership with the Basketball Federation of India, launching nationwide grassroots programs including the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program, ACG-NBA Jump and NBA Zone, engaging millions of youth and basketball instructors each year.
Colaco also played a key role in the establishment of NBA Basketball Schools in India, tuition-based basketball development programs for male and female players ages 6-18, and NBA Academy India, a first-of-its-kind elite basketball training center for top male and female prospects from throughout India.