Andy Anson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the British Olympic Association (BOA).
The 54-year-old joins the BOA from Goals Soccer Centres, where he also served as CEO. Anson will replace Bill Sweeney, who left the BOA in February to join the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as Chief Executive.
Anson has served as an unpaid independent Non-Executive Director of the BOA since 2011. He takes up the CEO role with little over a year to go until the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In March 2017, Anson was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of Racecourse Media Group, which represents the media and data rights of 37 racecourses in the UK.
He has previously held senior roles at Manchester United and the ATP World Tour and was involved in England’s unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He has also served as President of sports e-commerce and retail business Fanatics International.
Anson said: “I have been fortunate to enjoy a rewarding career across different aspects of the sports industry over many years, but the BOA is an organisation close to my heart and I am extremely motivated to play a role in the future of the organisation on behalf of the athletes and the member National Governing Bodies.
“With Tokyo 2020 on the horizon I believe the BOA and Team GB has an exciting future ahead and I am delighted to be asked to lead a team of talented and dedicated professionals to ensure we give the athletes and sports every chance to succeed on sport’s biggest stage.”
No start date has been agreed yet for Anson but it is anticipated that he will take up his new role in the autumn.