U.S. Biathlon Names Jack Gierhart as Chief Executive Officer
by Sara Donatello
The United States Biathlon Association announced today that Jack Gierhart has been named as chief executive officer. Gierhart has been serving as the interim CEO since September 2022. Gierhart is the successor to long-time USBA CEO, Max Cobb, who is now the secretary general of the International Biathlon Union.
“Jack’s hiring represents a new era for US Biathlon,” said Bob Hall, Co-Chair of the United States Biathlon Association Board of Directors. “He will be an integral part in driving the organization’s 2030 plan to grow the sport of biathlon in the United States by recruiting and developing top talent. The 2030 plan aims to result in more podium finishes for US biathletes in the World Cup and Olympic areas.”
Gierhart brings over two decades of experience in executive leadership having served 10 years as chief executive officer for USA Sailing. He also spent one year as interim CEO for USA Fencing.
Gierhart has an extensive background in marketing, communications, business and membership development, having received a bachelor's degree in economics from Tulane University and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
The CEO search committee, named in October 2022, worked closely with Nolan Partners, an executive search firm, to outline the ideal candidate profile and narrow down the candidate list. The selection committee made its recommendation to the full Board of Directors for approval on March 20, 2023.
“We have been so fortunate to have Max Cobb's leadership for the past three decades and a change of leadership at the United States Biathlon Association is not something that we have experienced in our modern era,” commented Rachel Steer, USBA Board Athlete Representative and Chair of the Selection Committee. “The Board knew we needed to conduct a thorough and transparent search for his successor. Our athletes, clubs and sponsors deserve to know that the USBA is being led by competent, qualified professionals and it was clear to the committee that Jack was the best candidate.”
“I am extremely honored to continue working with our incredible staff and Board to grow the sport and win our first Olympic medal,” said Gierhart. “The foundation is in place, we have momentum and there is a clear path to deliver on our 2030 plan. We have all the ingredients – a united and generous community, committed partners, an enthusiastic Board and Foundation and a partnership with our athletes that is going to grow and prove incredibly powerful. Coupled with the focus, resolve and passion of our staff, I am thrilled to be part of our bright future.”
Gierhart will assume the role of chief executive officer of the United States Biathlon Association effective immediately.