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Lesa France Kennedy, a member of the Board of Directors of NASCAR and the President of International Speedway Corporation, has been named "The Most Influential Woman in Sports Business" by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal.
In its most recent edition published April 25, the publication "selected women who are actively applying their influence on a daily basis, none more so than the executive atop our ranking, Lesa France Kennedy of International Speedway Corp."
The article continues: "She will continue to take stock car racing into new markets, greatly influence the consumer experience at race tracks and broaden the footprint of a sport that has become decidedly mainstream."
Leveraging more than 20 years of industry experience, France Kennedy has been instrumental in growing ISC into a leader in sports entertainment. In addition to acquiring key facilities and executing strategic internal growth initiatives, France Kennedy was the driving force in bringing NASCAR racing to several high-profile markets including Chicago and Kansas City. France Kennedy and ISC are currently pursuing the development of facilities in the New York City borough of Staten Island and the Pacific Northwest.
"It is an honor to be in the company of such high-profile women as Dawn Hudson and Nancy Monsarrat as well as many of our marketing partners," said Ms. France Kennedy. "This recognition is a testament to the growth of the motorsports industry and its appeal to all demographic sections. Our ISC team remains committed to bringing major motorsports entertainment to the broadest audience possible, while providing our guests and partners with an unforgettable experience. Without the focus and support of our outstanding senior management team and all ISC employees, this honor would not have been attainable."
Kennedy sits atop a list of the 20 Most Influential Women, which includes second on the list, Dawn Hudson, President and CEO of PepsiCo North America, and rounding out the top five: Nancy Monsarrat, Director of U.S. Advertising for Nike; Stephanie Tolleson, Senior Corporate Vice President at IMG; and Heidi Ueberroth, Executive Vice President, Global Media Properties and Marketing Partnerships for the NBA.
Other notable names on the list include Jeanie Buss, Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles Lakers; Jamie McCourt, Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Cathy Bessant, CMO of Bank of America; Amy Trask, CEO of the Oakland Raiders; and Val Ackerman, President of USA Basketball and former President of the WNBA.