• New Leaders For Volvo Ocean Race Appointed

    Richard Brisius and Johan Salén have been appointed as President and co-President of the Volvo Ocean Race, taking over from the outgoing chief executive, Mark Turner.

    The duo founded Atlant Ocean Racing together and have worked with seven Volvo Ocean Race campaigns over the past 28 years, starting as sailors in the 1989-90 race, before finding success with team management, including winning efforts EF Language (1997-98) and Ericsson 4 (2008-09), as well as second place finishers, Assa Abloy (2001-02), and Intrum Justitia (1993-94).

    Most recently, the pair managed Team SCA, the all-female entry, in the last edition of the race.

    “It’s an honour to be involved with my friends in the Volvo Ocean Race again. The race is at the very heart of the sport of sailing and it has formed the backbone of so much of my life,” Brisius said.

    “At the core of the Volvo Ocean Race are some of the very best athletes in the world, racing in what I think must be the most relentless competition. Their efforts and determination inspire people across the world, and creates outstanding value for partners and host cities.”

    Brisius is currently the CEO of the company owned by the National Olympic Committee, running Sweden’s bid to host the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2026 and he will remain in that role.

    Johan Salén has worked alongside Brisius on all of their previous Volvo Ocean Race projects. He will take a leading role in both operations and in devising a strategy for the future of the event alongside the current leadership team.

    “When we see what is happening on the water during Leg 2 from Lisbon to Cape Town, it is impossible not to be impressed by how the teams are performing and the way the race is being presented to fans and stakeholders,” Salén said. “And I have no doubt the next few months of this race will continue to be fantastic for our teams, sailors, and fans.

    “Looking forward, it is clear we need to work closely with Volvo and all stakeholders, including future teams, sailors and commercial partners, to create something even greater for the future.

    “I know that process is already underway with the existing leadership team. We all know the importance of setting a clear roadmap for the future in terms of event timing and class of boat as well as the commercial offering.”

    Henry Sténson Chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race board, said he feels the experience Richard and Johan bring will benefit all stakeholders of the race.

    “Both Richard and Johan have this race in their blood having competed as sailors and then working together to create and lead commercially successful and winning teams such as Ericsson 4 and EF Language,” he said.

    “We believe this expertise on the team side is critical in terms of understanding what is required to make the race successful for teams and partners. We are confident we can now build on what has been put in place by Mark and his team to create a strong foundation for the future.”

    The current Volvo Ocean Race leadership team will remain in their roles, working closely with Richard and Johan to deliver exciting racing for fans, and exceptional value for stakeholders.


    OK. End of this chapter of my life! No regrets. Gutted to leave of course. But no regrets for having given it my best since early 2016.
    Full official press release http://www.volvooceanrace.com/…/1033...er-appointed-… regarding my replacement(s) at Volvo Ocean Race.

    Great for the race that its been dealt with quickly by Volvo - clarity asap will help the future. Once it was clear to me late September that I wasn't the one able to shoulder the responsibility long term without our plan A,
    I knew I needed to step aside urgently so that someone else could take that on before this race ended - during the race, not after, is the time to sell the future to potential sponsors, and for that clarity is needed on new timing. And this would only come, and could only be 'owned', by the new leadership who has to carry it through to success themselves. So its good news that its already sorted and moving forward again - even if of course I was in the 'fun' phase of this, living and breathing the race at sea, and in the stopovers - and that is very hard to leave.

    A big welcome to Richard and Johan - we sailed this race together as young innocent men in 1989 (well against each other, Johan beat us both and we can't remember who won between my boat and Richards!). As Sir Peter Blake famously said "It gets in your blood and you can't get rid of it" - now its Richard and Johan's turn to return with the responsibility and honour of steering this amazing event to a new future. I wish them the best of luck, I will remain a lifelong fan of this extraordinary race, and ultimate test of a team in professional sport...

    I'll make it to Cape Town for arrivals to close the chapter properly, and Melbourne in shorts and t-shirt for New Year's Eve party as an unemployed 'fan' and ex-CEO.
    Thank you everyone for your support.

    Mark Turner
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