Recently appointed International Sailing Federation (ISAF) CEO Peter Sowrey is to depart the post this week. It is the latest in a series of high level departures from the world's governing body for sailing.
An ISAF spokeswoman told Afloat.ie this evening that Sowrey is set to to 'pursue other challenges' after only six months in the job.
It is the latest in a string of high profile ISAF departures. John Craig, Head of the Sailing World Cup, left on September 1st, while Training and Development Manager, Dan Jaspers, departed last month.
The spokeswoman said there were 'no current plans to find a replacement'.
Sowrey, former Managing Director of Business Process Outsourcing and Sales for Accenture, took up the post on July 1st 2015. At the time, ISAF said “With a history of developing brands, services, sales and organisational capabilities, Sowrey will continue to progress ISAF in all aspects and move the organisation forward into a new era of commerce, programs and infrastructure”
While it is not clear why the world governing body and its CEO have parted ways, insiders suggested to Afloat.ie the 'magnitude of the task' was not appreciated fully by both sides.
In February, a job advertisement for the role said 'the CEO will provide strategic leadership to ISAF and its staff and ensure the provision of a timely, first class service to the ISAF membership to ensure the needs of its members are treated as paramount'.
Last night ISAF made the following announcement on its website:
ISAF Announces Resignation of CEO Peter Sowrey
The Executive Committee of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) regret to announce the resignation of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Sowrey of ISAF.
Although brief, Peter has worked diligently during the five-months tenure as CEO and has now decided to pursue other challenges suited to his background.
The Executive Committee wishes Peter luck for the future.