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PRESIDENT AND CEO MICHAEL DOWNEY TO LEAVE TENNIS CANADA FOR LTA

Tennis Canada President & CEO Michael Downey has informed the Tennis Canada Board of Directors of his decision to resign as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Canada effective December 31, 2013. He will become Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association as of January 6, 2014.

“Since joining the organization in 2004, Michael has done an outstanding job.  He has helped strengthen Tennis Canada and grow tennis in Canada with a clear focus on performance.  His leadership will be sorely missed as well as his passion for the sport.  On behalf of the Board of Tennis Canada, I wish Michael well in his next challenge and thank him for his contribution”, said John LeBoutillier, Chair of the Board.

“It has been nothing but an honour to lead Tennis Canada for nearly a decade.  I leave knowing that Canada is making great progress in becoming a world leading tennis nation.  I am so proud of what we have done together with our partners to grow the sport across all disciplines in Canada.  I depart with mixed feelings because Tennis Canada is a great organization comprised of great people including a best in class board of directors.  I wish the organization and sport even greater success under a new leader.  I will be cheering from the sidelines,” said Michael Downey.

The Board has appointed a search committee which will retain the services of a professional recruitment firm to secure the new President and CEO of Tennis Canada.  The formal search process is expected to start immediately with the goal of having a new leader in place before the new year.

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