Volvo Ocean Race appoints new race director

Volvo Ocean Race appoints new race director

The Volvo Ocean Race has confirmed the appointment of Phil Lawrence to its management team, as race director.

Lawrence joins as part of a senior management reshuffle at the round-the-world race, which sees Jack Lloyd become a race advisor, having served as race director for the past three editions of the offshore event.

Former Olympic sailor Lawrence will join at the end of 2016, after seeing out the season in his current role as the race director of the Extreme Sailing Series. The Extreme Sailing Series is operated by OC Sport, whose founder and former executive chairman, Mark Turner, was appointed as chief executive of the Volvo Ocean Race earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Antonio Bolaños López, the Volvo Ocean Race's chief financial officer since 2010, has been named as its new managing director. López had been acting chief executive since the departure of Knut Frostad at the end of 2015 until last week, when Turner officially took over.

Additionally, five-time Volvo Ocean Race sailor Richard Mason has become operations director, Jordi Neves has been named as chief digital officer, and Miles Quitmann is the chief business development officer of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“I wouldn’t have taken on this CEO role if there hadn’t already been a great team in place," said Turner. "I want to take advantage of this new chapter to strengthen various areas, point the organisation in the right direction, and create a robust, diverse team to which I can add value rather than need to be part of day to day.”

The management refresh comes as the Volvo Ocean Race steps up preparations for its 13th edition, set to depart from Alicante, Spain late next year.