Exeter alumnus Andy Anson (1983, Mathematics) has been named as the new chief executive of the British Olympic Association (BOA). Mr Anson takes on the role at an important time, with little over a year to go before Tokyo 2020, having served as an unpaid Independent Non-Executive Director of the BOA since 2011. He brings ample commercial expertise to the independently-funded BOA from his previous roles in leading sports retail and marketing organisations, and from his time as commercial director at Manchester United and chief executive of the Association of Tennis Professionals.
Sir Hugh Robertson, Chair of the BOA, said: ‘Andy is a very high-grade individual who has a unique combination of sports experience and commercial expertise. We are delighted to have him on board to lead Team GB into Tokyo 2020 and beyond.’
The BOA selects, prepares and leads Team GB athletes at the summer, winter, and youth Olympic Games, and promotes British Olympic Sport within the UK, bringing the country behind the team that represents it on the world stage. Mr Anson, who is expected to step into his new role in the autumn of 2019, said: ‘With Tokyo 2020 on the horizon I believe the BOA and Team GB has an exciting future ahead. I am delighted to be asked to lead a team of talented and dedicated professionals to ensure we give the athletes and sports every chance to succeed on sport’s biggest stage.’