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The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has appointed Michael Downey as its new Chief Executive.
Michael has been President and CEO of Tennis Canada for the past 9 years, during which time the sport has enjoyed significant growth, both at grassroots and at the elite level. More than 1.2 million people play tennis at least twice a month in Canada, and this year, Canada reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.
Prior to Tennis Canada, Michael held a series of executive positions including regional president for Canada's largest brewery, Molson Canada.
Michael said of his appointment: “This is a huge privilege for me, at a fantastic time for British tennis. We have a tremendous opportunity in front of us, and it is an honour to be able to lead the work of the LTA in getting more people playing tennis.”
Michael will start on January 6th 2014 and will relocate to the UK with his fiancée, Jinder.
LTA Chairman, David Gregson, welcomed the appointment: “We set out to recruit a CEO with true success in business, with exceptional leadership credentials and ideally with significant knowledge of tennis. Michael demonstrably fits the bill perfectly and was the unanimous choice of our recruitment panel.”
Michael will replace Roger Draper, who leaves the LTA at the end of this month after more than seven years. During the interim period, the LTA’s Chief Operating Officer, Nick Humby, will lead the Executive.