U.S. BIATHLON NAMES JACK GIERHART INTERIM CEO
by Tom Kelly
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (Sept. 26, 2022) - Longtime Olympic governing body leader Jack Gierhart has been named interim chief executive officer for U.S. Biathlon. He will oversee the organization on an interim basis as current President and CEO Max Cobb transitions this fall to become secretary general of the International Biathlon Union, beginning Oct. 17.
Gierhart will work with the U.S. Biathlon staff to maintain consistency of programs through the 2022-23 season while supporting the board of directors in the search for a new CEO.
“Under Max’s leadership we have established a strong athletic and administrative staff team,” said board Co-chair Bob Hall. “U.S. Biathlon is fortunate for Jack’s willingness to step in and provide continuity. He is well respected in the Olympic sports community and will be able to both lead our staff and represent us with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.”
Gierhart has an extensive background in sport management. He was a key leader at US Sailing, starting as marketing director and rising to lead the organization as CEO for a decade. He recently completed an nine-month stint as interim CEO of USA Fencing.
“Max, the staff and the U.S. Biathlon board have built a strong, focused organization with an exciting vision for the future of Biathlon here in the U.S,” said Gierhart. “I’m excited to help the team continue serving the biathlon community and pursuing its 2030 strategy, while also working to ensure the next leader has a clear roadmap and can be productive on day one."
Over the past decade U.S. Biathlon has been growing in both its program footprint in America and with international results with multiple athletes achieving success in World Championships, the IBU World Cup Biathlon and international junior events. At the same time, biathlon clubs have been growing across the country.
During his interim role, Gierhart will have a presence where he is needed, including the organization’s Maine office, as well as the team’s training base in Lake Placid, N.Y. The U.S. Biathlon board of directors is conducting a national search to recruit a permanent CEO.