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Swimming Australia names Alex Baumann as new Chief Executive

Swimming Australia names Alex Baumann as new Chief Executive
April 15, 2021

Swimming Australia has this morning announced that dual Olympic gold medallist, Alex Baumann, has been appointed as the body’s new Chief Executive.

Baumann, the current Swimming Australia Chief Strategist who leads the high-performance arm of the organisation, is a Canadian native who won gold medals in the 200m and 400m individual medley at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

With a wealth of knowledge in elite sporting organisations, he is the former Executive Director for the Queensland Academy of Sport and Chief Executive  of Queensland Swimming.

 After returning to Canada to head up its high performance sport program (Own the Podium), Baumann was then appointed as Chief Executive of High Performance Sport New Zealand and is credited with helping New Zealand achieve its greatest ever Olympic team performance in Rio in 2016 with 18 medals.

Advising that Baumann was a standout candidate from within the initial internal recruitment process, Swimming Australia President, Kieren Perkins advised “in our recruitment process, we initially asked for expressions of interest from within our own Member Organisations and Executive team.

“The Board felt we had strong talent from within our own swimming ranks and wanted to explore that further before casting the net wider if necessary.

“Alex has extensive experience both within leadership roles across other organisations and high performance sport, and I think his credentials speak for themselves.

“He is highly regarded, not just within Swimming Australia, but with all our Member Organisations and impressed us with his vision for our sport.

“His current role means he already has an important strategic influence on the organisation and we are very excited to see him transition into the CEO role.

“One of the first jobs Alex will undertake is a strategic review of the business with an eye on Paris and beyond.

“I would like to thank Tim Dempster for the exceptional work he has carried out in the role as interim CEO, Tim will now return to his role as Chief Operating Officer.”

Explaining that he was thrilled to be appointed to the role, Baumann added “we are Australia’s most successful Olympic sport, but I want to see us become a leading sport within the fabric of the country.

“Having led our high performance team for the past few years, of which I am extremely proud, it is great to be able to put my CEO hat on again and take on the role leading the organisation into the future.

“I am really looking forward to working with Kieren, our Board and our Member Organisations to reach our collective goals.”

Baumann will formally begin the role in May.

Image: Swimming Australia's new Chief Executive Alex Baumann. Credit: Delly Carr/Swimming Australia.

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