New Commonwealth games CEO appointed

Commonwealth Games Federation names Katie Sadleir as new CEO, plus more

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has appointed Katie Sadleir as its new chief executive.

The New Zealander will take up the position from her current role at World Rugby, where she is the general manager of Women’s Rugby.

A Commonwealth Games medallist and an Olympian, Sadleir went on to serve as New Zealand’s assistant chef de mission at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and has attended six editions of the multi-sport competition in various capacities.

In addition, she has led the establishment of the New Zealand Academy of Sport network in the late 1990s before becoming general manager of Sport and Recreation New Zealand – now Sport New Zealand – from 2000 to 2006.

Sadleir has also held directorships with both Sport New Zealand and High-Performance Sport New Zealand. She has been a director with the International Association of Elite Sport Training Centres, a board member of the New Zealand Swimming Federation and a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) Athletes’ Commission.

As general manager of Women’s Rugby since 2016, Sadleir’s notable achievements included developing and implemented the 2017 to 2025 women’s strategic plan to promote, grow and commercialise the women’s game.

Sadleir will formally take up her new role in November 2021, replacing David Grevemberg who stood down in March of this year.

“I am delighted to be taking up the CGF chief executive officer role at what is very exciting time for the Commonwealth Sport Movement,” said Sadleir.

“With Birmingham 2022 fast approaching and the Games nearing its centenary in 2030, there is a fantastic opportunity to enhance our global sporting movement as one that is fully focused on community legacy, benefit and impact through sport.”

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