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World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt to step down

Andy Hunt, Chief Executive of World Sailing during the Global SailGP Launch Event in 2018 in London. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images for SailGP)

World Sailing is to begin searching for a new chief executive after Andy Hunt announced he is stepping down from the role in December.

In a press release, sailing’s world governing body said Hunt was leaving to “take on a new role in international sport” in early 2020.

Hunt said: ”It has been a privilege to serve the sport of sailing as CEO, and to work with such a talented team to move the sport forward over the past four years. I wish the sport every success in the future as it continues to grow the global participation and fan base.”

Kim Andersen, World Sailing’s president, said: “I would like to thank Andy for his unwavering commitment to the sport over the past few years and I wish Andy every success in his new role.”

Hunt replaced Peter Sowrey as chief executive at the start of 2016. Sowrey was briefly installed at the helm after long-standing chief executive Jerome Pels stood down.

Hunt was previously chief executive of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and has also been a non-executive director of England Hockey and Gloucester Rugby. He was also previously chairman and managing partner of Progressive Media Group, a UK-based media business information company.