British Olympic Association CEO Andy Hunt To Step Down At End Of Month
British Olympic Association CEO ANDY HUNT will step down at the end of February "in the latest shake-up" at the organization, according to Riach & Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Hunt held the position for four years. During that time, he was also chef de mission for Team GB. Despite Britain's success in hosting and competing at the London Games, the BOA is "struggling to attract new sponsors" ahead of Rio de Janeiro 2016 and "will not appoint an immediate successor" to Hunt or an interim CEO (GUARDIAN, 2/13). In London, Jacquelin Magnay reported Hunt told the BOA board meeting Wednesday that he "wanted a new leadership role." Hunt said, "Now that the Games are over, and the organization's strategy for the next four years is taking shape, the BOA's responsibilities and the job of the CEO are different, and I feel it is the right time for me to move on to another leadership role with breadth and profile similar to the responsibilities I've fulfilled since 2008" (TELEGRAPH, 2/13). Also in London, Charles Sale wrote Hunt "fell on his sword." His departure "had been widely regarded as inevitable" since his Commercial Chief Officer HUGH CHAMBERS lost his job last month. The directors had "lost faith in the commercial plans" of their exec team with the BOA "somehow having failed to attract new sponsorship since London 2012, despite the huge success" of Team GB (DAILY MAIL, 2/13).