(Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) named a top woman golf executive as its new CEO on Thursday, months after its former head quit for medical reasons following a sex abuse scandal involving former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Sarah Hirshland, currently the chief commercial officer for the U.S. Golf Association, will be the first woman to serve as a permanent CEO of USOC. She takes over from Susanne Lyons, who has been acting CEO since Scott Blackmun resigned in February due to health issues related to prostate cancer.
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The sex scandal also prompted the entire board of directors at USA Gymnastics, the sport’s U.S. governing body, to resign, along with the president and athletic director at Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked.
Hirshland told journalists on a conference call that she was motivated by the challenge created by the scandal. People have criticized the USOC for not heeding women’s complaints about Nassar years before the scandal became widely public.
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