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Commonwealth Games Federation names Katie Sadleir as new CEO, plus more

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20 August 2021 Ed Dixon

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has appointed Katie Sadleir as its new chief executive.

The New Zealander will take up the position from her current role at World Rugby, where she is the general manager of Women’s Rugby. 

A Commonwealth Games medallist and an Olympian, Sadleir went on to serve as New Zealand’s assistant chef de mission at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and has attended six editions of the multi-sport competition in various capacities. 

In addition, she has led the establishment of the New Zealand Academy of Sport network in the late 1990s before becoming general manager of Sport and Recreation New Zealand – now Sport New Zealand – from 2000 to 2006.

Sadleir has also held directorships with both Sport New Zealand and High-Performance Sport New Zealand. She has been a director with the International Association of Elite Sport Training Centres, a board member of the New Zealand Swimming Federation and a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) Athletes’ Commission.

As general manager of Women’s Rugby since 2016, Sadleir’s notable achievements included developing and implemented the 2017 to 2025 women’s strategic plan to promote, grow and commercialise the women’s game.

Sadleir will formally take up her new role in November 2021, replacing David Grevemberg who stood down in March of this year

“I am delighted to be taking up the CGF chief executive officer role at what is very exciting time for the Commonwealth Sport Movement,” said Sadleir.

“With Birmingham 2022 fast approaching and the Games nearing its centenary in 2030, there is a fantastic opportunity to enhance our global sporting movement as one that is fully focused on community legacy, benefit and impact through sport.”

Elsewhere, WME Sports has hired Joe Januszewski as senior vice president and division head to lead its full-service global property solutions team. He arrives having last worked as executive vice president, chief revenue and marketing officer for the Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Texas Rangers.

Endeavor Group Holdings has added Jacqueline Reses, chief executive of Post House Capital, to its board of directors.


Steve Bornstein

President, North America, Genius Sports

Previously: Chief executive, NFL Network

Karin Timpone

Executive vice president, chief marketing officer, MLB

Previously: Global chief marketing officer, Marriot International

Joel Browning

Executive vice president and chief financial officer, Atlanta Hawks

Previously: Vice president, team marketing and business operations, National Basketball Association (NBA)

Mike Muriano

Executive producer, live sports, Prime Video, Amazon

Previously: Vice president and executive producer, studio and remote content, NFL Network

Notes: Muriano’s departure from the NFL Network has seen Charlie Yook promoted to executive producer of NFL Media.  

Matt Saler

Vice president, Finn Partners

Previously: Vice president, sports marketing, Imre

Julian Mellini

Vice president of strategy, insights and growth, Rebel Ventures

Previously: Global head of strategic insights and analytics, Real Madrid

Ajay Singh

Chief financial officer, The Ironman Group

Previously: Executive vice president, executive in the office of the chief financial officer, News Corp

Paul Ballew

Chief data and analytics officer, National Football League (NFL)

Previously: Chief data and analytics officer, Loblaw Companies

Darren Henry

Commercial director, British Cycling

Previously: Head of partnerships, Southampton FC

Richard Bayliss

Director of content, Australian Professional Leagues (APL)

Previously: Director of sport, Optus Sport

Benno Ruwe

Head of project, World Cup 2026, Fifa

Previously: Head of international relationships and product development, Bayern Munich


Kate Beavan

Director of hospitality and experiences, Formula One

Notes: Beavan will step down at the end of the month, having joined the series in 2003. There will not be a replacement for the role, with her responsibilities being merged into another directorate within Formula One.

Thad Sheely

Chief operating officer, Atlanta Hawks

Notes: Sheely has left the NBA franchise to pursue a real estate venture locally in Atlanta, the Sports Business Journal (SBJ) reports.

Ned Negus

Executive vice president, marketing and partnerships, Football Marketing Asia (FMA)

Notes: Negus, who has been with FMA since August 2018, has stepped down for personal reasons. He will remain in a strategic advisory role until the end of the year.

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