POSTED: October 7th 2009

USOC regroups: Streeter moving on

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Following the fallout of the Chicago 2016 bid in the first round of voting at the IOC session in Copenhagen the spotlight of scrutiny moved to leadership at the USOC.

Today the USOC issued a press release that they had opened the search for a new ceo with the intent on engaging a nationally recognized recruiter to hunt candidates. The statement also confirmed that interim ceo Stephanie Streeter, would be leaving and intended to return to the corporate arena.

As reported in the Associated Press, Streeter’s resignation came on the heels of a vote of confidence by the leaders of the US NGBs that was unanimous on her inability as an effective leader of the USOC.

Streeter took the helm of the USOC in March following the sudden resignation of Jim Scherr in a critical time for the Chicago bid. Her move from the board to the position of ceo was questioned by NGB group especially the leader, Skip Gilbert, for her rise to ceo and her lack of attention to the organizations directly in charge of producing America’s super athletes.

USOC sponsor funding rests on the success of the results and attraction of the athletes’ performances and the American sport system. The NGBs had maintained a solid working relationship with Scherr and spoke out about the change in guard.

A search committee for a new ceo will be led by USOC Board member Bob Bowlsby recommending up to three finalists to put before the USOC board of directors for the new nomination.

Streeter said, "With the decision now made regarding the Chicago bid, it is time for the USOC to focus its full effort on our athletes’ preparation for Vancouver, and the organization’s long-term strategy, as well as shaping the USOC’s relationships with its stakeholders and the international community. Knowing that I am focused on returning to the corporate arena, I thought now was the ideal time to let the USOC know of my future plans and allow them to start with a clean slate.”

USOC chairman Larry Probst said, “When we asked Stephanie to serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer in March, we did so knowing of her strong management skills and mindful that the USOC was at a critical juncture in many ways – facing the economic crisis, preparing for the Vancouver 2010 Games, and supporting Chicago in its bid to host the 2016 Games.”

“We were disappointed when Stephanie told us she did not want to be considered for the permanent CEO position. She has done an excellent job, and we are all very grateful for her many contributions to the U.S. Olympic Movement. We’re very pleased she has agreed to stay on in her current capacity until the search for a permanent CEO is concluded and a candidate is named.”

With the Vancouver Olympics just months away the USOC is looking to replace her by the end of the month.

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