Jon Ridgeon named IAAF chief executive
FORMER HURDLER TAKES LEADING ROLE AT THE IAAF
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.”
Jon Ridgeon: IAAF chief executive
Jon Ridgeon: 13.29 sprint hurdler