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Mick Desmond to retire after Wimbledon 2021

The AELTC has announced that its Commercial & Media Director, Mick Desmond, will retire after the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

The time is right for me to begin thinking about what comes next, and I look forward to working with Sally [Bolton] to ensure that, in a Wimbledon way, we deliver a period of sustained transition and handover. Mick Desmond, AELTC Commercial & Media Director

Desmond, who joined the club as Commercial Director in 2010, and is a former CEO of ITV Broadcasting, has overseen a major transformation of the AELTC’s commercial business which has included extended partnerships across media and sponsorship, the enhancement of Wimbledon’s digital strategy, and the in-housing of host broadcasts as well as significant development of the Wimbledon brand and a fundamental step change in income growth to enable Wimbledon to deliver on its ambition to be the pinnacle of the sport.

Mick Desmond commented: “It has been a joy to lead the AELTC’s commercial and media business and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the past decade.

“As I retire from this executive role, the time is right for me to begin thinking about what comes next, and I look forward to working with Sally to ensure that, in a Wimbledon way, we deliver a period of sustained transition and handover.”

Richard Lewis CBE, AELTC Chief Executive, commented: “Mick has been an outstanding asset to the AELTC in his role as Commercial & Media Director, transforming an area of the business that has continued to go from strength to strength.

“I would like to thank him for his considerable support during my time as Chief Executive and wish him well in his final year at Wimbledon.”

Sally Bolton OBE, incoming AELTC Chief Executive, commented: “I look forward to working closely with Mick over the next 13 months in what will be a challenging period.

“We will develop a strong and sustainable succession plan for the AELTC’s commercial business, with our shared ambition to build on our position of strength and continue to invest in The Championships and in tennis in Britain for years to come.”

The AELTC is not looking for any executive search support at this time.



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