- Gerry Dick
USA Gymnastics CEO Leaving OfficePosted: Updated:
Nine months after taking the position, Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer Kerry Perry has resigned. In a statement, Board Chair Karen Golz says, in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, "we still face tremendous challenges" in moving the sport forward. The board will immediately begin the search for an interim CEO.
Perry succeeded Steve Penny, who resigned in March 2017 after backlash that USA Gymnastics did not react effectively to sexual abuse claims from athletes. Perry had previously served as vice president of business development for Learfield Communications Inc. in Missouri.
You can see Golz's letter below:
I am writing to tell you that USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry informed our Board of Directors last night that she will resign effective immediately. On behalf of the board, I want to thank Kerry for her leadership under very difficult circumstances.
As you know, USA Gymnastics has been in the midst of a difficult and painful transition to ensure that the safety and interests of our athletes remain at the heart of our mission. While much as been accomplished over the past several months to stabilize the organization, we still face tremendous challenges as we all work to achieve fundamental changes to move our sport forward.
We look forward to bringing in new leadership to build on the progress to date, and the board will immediately begin the search for an interim CEO. In the meantime, it has established a management committee to provide organizational oversight to maintain continuity in the day-to-day operations until an interim CEO is named.
Additionally, the board is in the process of forming a search committee made up of board members, as well as athletes and others from the gymnastics and NGB community, to find our next permanent leader. Board member and Olympian Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera, will chair the committee. We will keep you informed as we work through our urgent leadership issues.
I want to assure you that this board is determined to take the necessary steps to support a safe and competitive environment where every athlete can grow, learn life lessons, have fun and succeed.
We know the last few years have been very difficult for everyone involved with USA Gymnastics, and we thank you for your patience and support through these challenging days. The athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers, gym owners and USA Gymnastics staff are the heart and soul of USA Gymnastics, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that our athletes and everyone involved with our great sport and movement achieve their fullest potential.
Chair, Board of Directors