Andy Hunt has been named as the new chief executive of World Sailing.
The 52-year-old former chief executive of the British Olympic Association (BOA) has been appointed to replace Peter Sowrey, who resigned in December after just five months in the role.
Hunt, who was most recently the chairman and managing partner of Progressive Media Group and has also served as a non-executive director of England Hockey and Gloucester Rugby, will continue World Sailing's transition into a new era after it rebranded from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in late 2015. He will also help oversee preparations for the sailing events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which have been affected by poor water quality in the waters around the Brazilian city.
"I am delighted that we have found an outstanding candidate to fill the role of CEO," said World Sailing president Carlo Croce. "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: "I am delighted to have been selected by the executive board to lead World Sailing. 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."