World Sailing Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Published on January 11th, 2016

(January 11, 2016) – World Sailing has appointed Andy Hunt (GBR), former CEO of the British Olympic Association and a non-executive Director of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Hunt (52) has most recently been Chairman & Managing Partner of Progressive Media Group, an International Media & Business Information group of companies, as well as serving as a non-executive Director of England Hockey & Gloucester Rugby. Hunt has has had a highly successful career across both sport and business over the past 30 years.

World Sailing President Carlo Croce said, “I am delighted that we have found an outstanding candidate to fill the role of CEO. Andy combines exceptional business leadership credentials, with an excellent track record in sports administration, a deep understanding of the Olympic & Paralympic movement, strong relationships with the IOC and ASOIF and enjoys a lifelong passion for Sailing. Andy will work closely with me and the Executive Board to continue to deliver on our vision and strategy for World Sailing.”

Hunt replaces Peter Sowrey (GBR) who held the CEO position for just five months in 2015 (July 1- Dec 2) before he resigned. Prior to Sowrey, Jerome Pels (NED) held the position for more than 17 years before his resignation was announced on October 23, 2014.

“I am delighted to have been selected by the Executive Board to lead World Sailing,” commented Hunt. “It is a real honour to be able to serve a sport that I have participated in since an early age. I look forward to working with all of the stakeholders within our sport to further drive the organisation and sport forward.”

Source: Edited from World Sailing report

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