By Jay Vilarrubi-Smith
Current CEO of the World Surf League, Paul Speaker, has today announced that he is to step down from his role at the end of January.
Making the announcement via a message on the WSL website, Speaker explains that it was always his intention to pass the job on to someone else and that he “believes that time is now.”
He goes on to express:
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to oversee the transformation of professional surfing into the globally-recognized sport it is today. I have been privileged to share this journey with a great and committed group of people, and I owe so much to all of you who have worked tirelessly to elevate this sport to new heights. Your passion and dedication brought us to where we are today, and will be the driving force of our future success.”
In regards to the immediate future Speaker explains:
“I will continue to be a co-owner of the League and will work with the ownership group and Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition until a new CEO is in place. As many of you are aware, Dirk Ziff has been a deeply committed and passionate co-owner of our League and he has agreed to bring that commitment to the role of interim CEO until a new chief executive is brought on board.”
The WSL continues to expand globally at a huge rate and it will be interesting to see who is brought in as their new CEO. Any announcements made will of course be covered by Clunk.