World Sailing appoints former BOA and London 2012 exec as new CEO

World Sailing, the sport’s global governing body, has appointed experienced sports industry official Andy Hunt as its new chief executive.

The 52-year-old is a former chief executive of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and also worked as a non-executive director of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Hunt (pictured) has most recently been chairman and managing partner of Progressive Media Group, an international media and business information firm, as well as serving as a non-executive director of England Hockey and English Premiership rugby union club Gloucester.

Hunt replaces Peter Sowrey, who in December resigned from his position less than six months after he had been appointed. Sowrey replaced Jerome Pels, who had held the position for more than 17 years.

Sowrey’s resignation came eight months before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. World Sailing has had to deal with mounting levels of concern over the safety of the waters that will be used for the sailing events at the Games.

World Sailing president Carlo Croce said: “Andy combines exceptional business leadership credentials with an excellent track record in sports administration, a deep understanding of the Olympic and Paralympic movement, strong relationships with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations) 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 added: “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.”