Nick Sellers has been appointed as the new chief executive of the 2021 edition of the World Games multi-sport event, which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama.
Sellers replaces DJ Mackovets, who recently resigned from the position.
Birmingham was awarded hosting rights to the Games back in January 2015 and fought off competition from the Peruvian capital of Lima and Ufa in Russia to land the event.
Sellers, a Birmingham native, has held a range of leadership positions with Alabama Power and Southern Company over the past 16 years, most recently serving as vice-president of the mobile division at Alabama Power. He has previously worked as director of operations for the Alabama Sports Foundation, overseeing sponsorships, ticketing and operations plans for various events.
Jonathan Porter, chairman of the Games’ board of directors, said: “(Nick) is a highly-respected executive with demonstrated success in strategic leadership, operations, and implementation. He is well-positioned to lead The World Games 2021 over the next 19 months as we continue our positive momentum toward delivering a world-class event that showcases Birmingham to visitors from around the globe.
“The board and I also would like to express our gratitude to DJ Mackovets for his service to The World Games 2021 Birmingham during a critical time for this event. His vision, commitment and experience were instrumental in laying a strong foundation for the Birmingham organising committee.”
Sellers added: “Honoured and grateful are the two words that capture my feelings. We have a unique opportunity to present Birmingham and the state of Alabama to the world; so, our mission will be to deliver the best and most innovative competitor, spectator, and sponsor experience in the history of The World Games.
“I’ve always believed in Birmingham and have confidence that we will come together in a way in which we’ve never done before. Through the collaboration and leadership of the Birmingham Organising Committee, city of Birmingham and International World Games Association, I’m convinced that the stars are aligned for us. This is our time. I’m ready to get to work.”
The World Games are organised by the International World Games Association (IWGA) and are held every four years. The Games feature sports that are not contested at the Olympic Games. Wroclaw in Poland staged the most recent edition in 2017, while Chengdu in China will host in 2025.
The 2021 Games will take place from July 15-25, with 3,600 athletes from 100 countries set to compete in over 30 sports.