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Samsung signs Beckham as Olympic Games ambassador

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Samsung Electronics, a market leader in consumer electronics and the Worldwide Olympic Partner for wireless communications equipment, has announced an exclusive agreement with David Beckham to be its global brand ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Beckham will begin his ambassador role with immediate effect and will play a key part in raising awareness of Samsung’s sponsorship of London 2012 as a Worldwide Olympic Partner. The collaboration will start with appearances in multi-platform adverts and public relations campaigns, covering various elements of Samsung’s London 2012 marketing programme.
At the official signing of the partnership, Gyehyun Kwon, VP and head of worldwide sports marketing, Samsung Electronics, says that Samsung and David Beckham share a great number of common values, ranging from their mutual commitment to youth, to their continuing efforts to encourage more people to participate in sports.
“Sport has a unique power to reach people and bring them together,” says Kwon. “David has been actively taking part in a number of initiatives to help young people around the world to enjoy a better life, while Samsung’s London 2012 marketing campaign will also place great importance on the value of engaging youth.
"And to this end, we’re delighted that David will be supporting our goal to extend the Olympic Games spectator experience to fans throughout the world, using our leading smart mobile technology.”
Beckham was Samsung’s number one choice for global ambassador for London 2012. His success as a sportsman and his ambassadorial role in bringing the Olympic Games to London were among the many reasons for his selection.
Having been born in Leytonstone (itself only a single tube stop from the London 2012 Olympic Park) and having played football in the streets and parks of the area as a boy, it’s clear that Beckham’s connections with London 2012 are unparalleled.
Commenting on the agreement, Beckham says: “I'm very proud to be part of the team that brought the Olympics to my home city, London. It is one of the greatest events in the world. Working with a globally respected brand, like Samsung, our aim will be to help more and more people to enjoy and share the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games."
As a Worldwide Olympic Partner, Samsung is keen to realise the contribution sponsorship of the wireless category brings to the Olympic Games. High profile and carefully chosen partners, like Beckham, bring immediate and direct attention to the wealth of experience and technical capability Samsung can deliver, highlighting this in a strong, positive light.
“David Beckham is a global sports icon who is helping to raise the profile of the London 2012 Olympics and attracting more of us to watch and to actively participate in the Games. We are very excited about the new partnership for our customers and fans of the Olympics, and we’re looking forward to working with David across the range of London 2012 marketing initiatives we will be pursuing until the end of 2012,” says Kwon.