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The US Olympic Committee has selected US Golf Association executive Sarah Hirshland to be its new CEO.
Hirshland is known as the tough negotiator who helped the US Golf Association broker media and sponsorship deals, including its 12-year TV contract with Fox, during her time as USGA's chief commercial officer.
Job - Task - Relationship - Athletes - Community
Her next job will be a more delicate task - repairing a frayed relationship with athletes and a community that has grown wary of the governing body after a slew of sex-abuse cases they feel were not handled appropriately.
The USOC announced the USGA's chief commercial officer as the new CEO on Thursday. She'll replace Scott Blackmun, who resigned earlier this year to deal with health issues that undercut his ability to deal with the sex-abuse crisis that engulfed the federation.
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'The USOC is at a critical time in its history and requires an energetic, creative and inspiring leader who is capable of building on past success while making sure that the athletes we serve are protected, supported and empowered in every possible way,' USOC Chairman Larry Probst said.
The USOC embarked on a four-month search that brought more than a dozen candidates into the fold. Hirshland will start the job later this month.
USGA - Casey - Wasserman - Chair - LA
Before the USGA, she worked with Casey Wasserman, the chair of the LA 2028 Olympic effort, at Wasserman Media Group.
Wasserman called her a visionary leader. USGA CEO Mike Davis said golf's return to the Olympics in 2016 helped Hirshland become familiar with the movement,...
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