David Grevemberg To Resign As Commonwealth Games Federation CEO
he Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has announced David Grevemberg will resign from his role as CEO on March 5.
Grevemberg was chief executive of the CGF since November 2014 following his position as the head of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and during his time, oversaw the development and launch of the organisation’s strategic plan, ‘Transformation 2022’, as well as its refresh in 2019.
In a statement, the CGF said: “As part of Transformation 2022, David has passionately led on the recognition of the role of human rights in sport and tirelessly championed initiatives focused on social justice, impact, equality, diversity, and inclusion.”
“Leading a dedicated team, he has successfully supported the host cities and organising Committees of the Samoa 2015 and Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, and Australia’s 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast,” the CGF said.
Speaking on his resignation, Grevemberg said his successor will have adequate time to prepare for the next Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.
“I have had the privilege of working in the Commonwealth Sport Movement for over a decade; including six years as CEO of the Federation,” Grevemberg said.
“I am enormously proud of the work that we have achieved and continue to drive through our strategy, Transformation 2022, which has always been delivered in ambitious partnership with our team, our leadership and our passionate global network of members and Commonwealth athletes.
“Together we have transformed the vision, mission, and impact of our Movement, and it has been an honour to play my small part in building peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities across the Commonwealth through sport.
“The upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are tracking positively, and I am confident will be another milestone event for the movement.
“After much reflection, I feel that now is the right moment to pass the baton.
“This will give a successor time to support and experience next year’s Games in Birmingham and plan and oversee the next significant phase of the Federation’s history, post-Transformation 2022,” he said.
CGF president, Dame Louise Martin, said Grevemberg prepared the organisation well for his departure.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank David [Grevemberg] for his work, energetic advocacy, and strong commitment to our Movement and leaving the Federation well positions for Birmingham 2022,” Martin said.
“David is a visionary and energetic advocate of the power of sport and its ability to enhance and transform lives,” she said.
The CGF will begin their search for a new chief executive immediately, with reports the organisation hopes to fill the role before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in July.