Kwame Darko has an ongoing bet with friends that he could successfully fend off a lion should the threat ever present itself. It hasn’t … yet. But Kwame has faced down some pretty serious challenges in his day. On the field, the Maryland native was a college soccer star, winning two NCAA national championships with the University of Maryland (the fightin’ Terrapins!) before a short stint playing professionally. In the studio, Kwame has been a published recording artist who has gone on tour with the likes of Big Sean and Sean Paul. On the couch, Kwame enjoys watching soccer, songwriting and re-watching The Godfather trilogy — yes, all three! (Editor’s note: Some of us would rather confront a lion than Sofia Coppola’s performance in Godfather III).
Kwame’s competitive mindset has continued to serve him well in the media and entertainment sales arena. He joins OZY as a sales director, bringing with him a diverse set of experiences with a specialty in the audio space. He was most recently at the podcasting platform Gimlet Media, where he was an account executive specializing in sales across the categories of alcohol, food & beverage, travel, consumer electronics, e-commerce, entertainment, and more. He is looking forward to having an opportunity at OZY to directly affect the young company’s growth by generating and driving revenue through brand partnerships. Someday he would also love to own and operate his own top-tier professional soccer club. That or tame lions.