Leadership Change at America’s Cup Event Authority

Published on August 23rd, 2016

(August 23, 2016) – Harvey Schiller, a former executive director of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is stepping down as commercial commissioner of the America’s Cup.

Will Chignell, the chief marketing and communications officer with the America’s Cup Event Authority, said Monday (Aug. 22) that it was Schiller’s decision to leave.

Schiller has held the position for two years. He didn’t immediately respond to calls or an email from The Associated Press seeking comment Monday.

America’s Cup boss Russell Coutts didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Schiller’s last day will be Aug. 31.

The role of Commercial Commissioner was new to the America’s Cup, with Schiller to be responsible for supervising, managing and protecting the commercial interests of the America’s Cup. He was to work closely with all of the competitors, the Regatta Director, and the America’s Cup Event Authority.

It’s not known if Schiller’s departure is related to a case Emirates Team New Zealand brought against ACEA before an arbitration panel.

It’s believed that the arbitration panel recently heard the case brought by the Kiwis after the ACEA pulled a qualifying regatta that had been planned for Auckland next year. In March 2015, Schiller notified Team New Zealand that it was losing the qualifier in part because it had supported another syndicate in a dispute over Coutts’ plan to downsize the boats that will be used in the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda.

Schiller formerly served as commissioner of the SEC, president of Turner Sports, chairman and CEO of YankeeNets and president of the International Baseball Federation.

Source: Associated Press, America’s Cup

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