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02 Mar 2020

ITF president Haggerty joins USOPC board

The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has appointed David Haggerty, the president of the International Tennis Federation, to its board of directors.

The USOPC said the appointment of Haggerty will provide “additional sport, management and athlete knowledge.”

Haggerty assumes a position on the 15-man board by virtue of his status as a member of the International Olympic Committee, to which he was elected in January.

The US native was re-elected as ITF president for a second, four-year term last September. He assumed the position in 2015.

Haggerty's previous roles included chair, chief executive and president of the US Tennis Association board of directors, and chair of the US Open. 

Susanne Lyons, USOPC chair, said: “More than ever this body is charged with proactively working to ensure the mission of the USOPC is supported and to provide diligent oversight. A diversity of experience and voices on the board is critical to that effort, and I look forward to the work ahead.”

The USOPC board is currently comprised of three representatives from each of the Athletes’ Advisory Council and National Governing Bodies’ Council, and six independent members. 

The USOPC chief executive and every US member of the IOC serve as ex-officio members of the board.

In 2021, due to governance reforms enacted in November 2019, the USOPC board will increase athlete representation to five members (33 per cent of board voting power), and include the addition of International Paralympic Committee governing board members and the US Olympic and Paralympic Foundation chair as a non-voting member.