Tennis Canada's Michael Downey at the 2013 ITF AGM
The Lawn Tennis Association has appointed Michael Downey as its new Chief Executive.
Downey has been President and CEO of Tennis Canada for the past nine years, during which time the sport has enjoyed significant growth, both at grassroots and at the elite level.
More than 1.2 million people play tennis at least twice a month in Canada, and this year, Canada reached the semifinals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.
Prior to Tennis Canada, Downey held a series of executive positions including regional president for Canada's largest brewery, Molson Canada.
Talking about his appointment, Downey said: “This is a huge privilege for me, at a fantastic time for British tennis. We have a tremendous opportunity in front of us, and it is an honour to be able to lead the work of the LTA in getting more people playing tennis.”
Downey will start on 6 January 2014 and will relocate to the UK with his fiancée, Jinder.
LTA Chairman, David Gregson, welcomed the appointment: “We set out to recruit a CEO with true success in business, with exceptional leadership credentials and ideally with significant knowledge of tennis.
"Michael demonstrably fits the bill perfectly and was the unanimous choice of our recruitment panel.”
Downey replaces Roger Draper, who leaves the LTA at the end of this month after more than seven years. During the interim period, the LTA’s Chief Operating Officer, Nick Humby, will lead the Executive.