Jon Rid­geon named IAAF chief ex­ec­u­tive


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JON RID­GEON, the former sprint hur­dler, spon­sor­ship and mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist and TV pre­sen­ter, will start a new role as chief ex­ec­u­tive of the global gov­ern­ing body – the IAAF – in March.

The 51-year-old re­places Olivier Gers, who re­signed in March after an 18-month spell in the role.

As an ath­lete, Rid­geon won world 110m hur­dles sil­ver in Rome in 1987 and rep­re­sented Bri­tain at the 1988 and 1996 Olympics.

He has since gone on to set up and run suc­cess­ful busi­nesses in sport and is cur­rently ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of CSM Ac­tive, which is the ac­tive life­style divi­sion of CSM Sport and En­ter­tain­ment, where IAAF pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe is ex­ec­u­tive chair­man.

In ad­di­tion, the Cam­bridge Univer­sity grad­u­ate was a founder at Fast Track – the mar­ket­ing and events or­gan­i­sa­tion arm of UK Ath­let­ics for a num­ber of years – while in broad­cast­ing he has hosted

Sky Sports’ ath­let­ics cov­er­age in ad­di­tion to work­ing as an in-field pre­sen­ter at Bri­tish tele­vised events.

“Hav­ing spent my life in sport, this is a dream job for me and I am ab­so­lutely thrilled,” said Rid­geon, who was a di­rec­tor of Ath­let­ics Weekly for a spell at the turn of the mil­len­nium.

“Ath­let­ics is my pas­sion and I have de­voted the vast ma­jor­ity of the last 20 years to creat­ing suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial part­ner­ships, de­vel­op­ing new events that drive par­tic­i­pa­tion at both elite and grass­roots lev­els, as well as lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions that de­liver sig­nif­i­cant pro­jects across the globe.

“I am de­lighted to be join­ing world ath­let­ics at this ex­cit­ing time and look for­ward to work­ing with Seb, a strong team and all our mem­ber fed­er­a­tions across the globe.”

Coe said: “I, and a num­ber of the IAAF Coun­cil mem­bers, have known Jon for many years and ad­mired his pas­sion, en­ergy and in­no­va­tion in sport, par­tic­u­larly ath­let­ics.

His ex­pe­ri­ence in putting to­gether great teams, run­ning large suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies, de­liv­er­ing top class events and bring­ing strong com­mer­cial part­ners into sport makes him the right choice for this role.”

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