Rob DeMartini, the former president and CEO of New Balance, has been announced as president and CEO of US Cycling today.
US Cycling describe DeMartini as, "a passionate cyclist and athlete". He has has ridden in the Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon for the past 11 years along with participating in other cycling events. In his 12 years with New Balance he accomplished one of the highest periods of growth in the athletic footwear and apparel industry, driving the company from $1.5 billion annual revenue in 2007 to $4.4 billion in 2018. US Cycling claim that he, "led the expansion of international sales and guided the brand as it regained its position as a leader in specialty running while also focusing on cultivating company culture."
Bob Stapleton, USA Cycling chairman of the board, said, "Our entire Board and management team enthusiastically welcome Rob as our new CEO. His passion and ambition for both the future of USA Cycling and our sport is inspiring. He also brings the proven leadership, commercial skills and resources to elevate USA Cycling and to do more for our members, partners and athletes."
DeMartini will begin the role in February and seems to have a clear focus on Olympic success in the near future. He said, "As I join USA Cycling, I look forward to working closely with Chuck Hodge (chief of racing and events) in support of our members, event directors and race officials as well as Scott Schnitzspahn (VP of elite athletics) to prepare our riders for the Tokyo 2020 Games. I am excited to join this capable team and very optimistic that we can better meet members’ needs, grow the leadership role USA Cycling plays in our industry and make all disciplines of cycling stronger.”