Derek Chang is an accomplished global media, sports and entertainment executive. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vobile Group, a leading provider of digital content protection and monetization services. Chang was the CEO of NBA China and spearheaded the NBA’s effort to expand its presence as the preeminent foreign sports league in the region while leading a staff based in the NBA’s Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong offices.
During Chang’s tenure, NBA China expanded its partnerships with Tencent, Alibaba, Weibo and Vivo and launched new partnerships with digital media companies ByteDance and China Mobile Migu. Chang also managed the league’s long-standing relationships with CCTV, SMG/BesTV, the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Basketball Association. In addition, under Chang’s leadership the league pioneered new, innovative content offerings, launched the largest NBA Store outside of North America and multiple NBA-themed destinations, and hosted four NBA China Games in 2018 and 2019.
Before joining the NBA, Chang was the Head of International Lifestyle Channels at Scripps Networks Interactive based first in Singapore and then London. Prior to Scripps, Chang was Executive Vice President of Content Strategy and Development at DIRECTV where he oversaw all content acquisition and production. He previously held senior executive positions with Charter Communications, the YES Network and TCI Communications. He also served on the Board of Directors of Starz after its public spinoff in 2013.
Chang holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University. He was named one of Cablefax Magazine’s “Top 100 Executives in Cable” and one of the “50 Most Influential People in Sports Business” by SportsBusiness Journal. Chang is also a member of the prominent Chinese American group, Committee of 100 (C100) and is on the Advisory Board of Row New York.