Peter Sherrard is to be the new Chief Executive Officer of the Olympic Council of Ireland.
Sherrard will take up the role in May, replacing Stephen Martin who is finishing his time in office by serving as Chef de Mission with the Irish team at the Winter Olympics soon to get underway in Korea.
Sherrard joins the OCI from the Football Association of Ireland where he is currently Operations Director with responsibility for International Team Operations and Match Operations.
He has very strong international experience both in sport and business and looks like a perfect fit for the requirements of the role.
He has previously worked as Market Manager for Ryanair in Italy, Head of Communications at Ryanair, Director of Communications at the FAI, and Interim Commercial Director at the FAI.
He took up his current position as Operations Director at the FAI in 2014. In this role he is responsible for International Team Operations and Match Operations and was responsible for team preparations at UEFA EURO 2016.
Originally from Newcastle Co Down and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he is a fluent French and Italian speaker having lived and worked in both countries and he has ten years of experience in Irish Sport.
“We are very pleased that we have been successful in attracting a person of the calibre and experience of Peter to the Olympic Council of Ireland,” said OCI President Sarah Keane.
“His hands-on experience and leadership skills will be of great value to us as we continue to pursue our athlete centred programme of reform.”
“With the recent launch of our new strategy, Peter is starting at a time of real growth and development for the Olympic movement in Ireland. He will lead our journey towards making a real difference and adding significant value to Irish Olympic sport.”
“Irish Olympians inspire the Nation and we want to enhance and support our athletes, coaches, and Federations to deliver on their Olympic goals, dreams and ambitions. On behalf of the Board and staff of the OCI, we look forward to working with Peter to deliver for our athletes, Member Federations and the Irish sporting public into the future.”
“I am delighted to have been appointed CEO at this exciting time of growth and change at the OCI,” added Sherrard.
“I look forward to working with the Board and staff of the OCI to build on the good work of the past 12 months.”
“I share the Board’s commitment to placing athletes and Federations at the centre of everything we do at the OCI. With the Winter Games currently underway in Pyeongchang and the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo fast approaching I am committed to working with Team Ireland and our partners to help deliver world class support for our athletes.”
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