Bono named gym­nas­tics in­terim CEO

Santa Fe New Mexican - - SPORTS -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — USA Gym­nas­tics has hired for­mer Con­gress­woman Mary Bono as in­terim pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced the move Fri­day. Bono will hold the po­si­tion while USA Gym­nas­tics searches for a per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor to Kerry Perry, who re­signed un­der pres­sure from the United States Olympic Com­mit­tee in Septem­ber af­ter spend­ing nine months on the job.

Bono spent 15 years as a U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia from 1998-2013.

She won her first term in a spe­cial elec­tion run­ning as a Repub­li­can to fill the va­cancy left by the death of her hus­band, for­mer pop star and law­maker Sonny Bono. Mary Bono most re­cently worked at a con­sult­ing firm in Washington, D.C.

Bono, 57, has a back­ground in gym­nas­tics. She trained for sev­eral clubs for a decade.

“Mary is pas­sion­ate about the sport, and hav­ing her as our in­terim pres­i­dent and CEO will move the or­ga­ni­za­tion for­ward,” USA Gym­nas­tics board chair­man Karen Golz said in a state­ment.

USA Gym­nas­tics is still strug­gling to emerge from the fall­out of the sex­ual abuse scan­dal sur­round­ing for­mer team doc­tor Larry Nas­sar.

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