Australian Canoeing (AC) CEO Greg Doyle has stepped down from his role after nine years leading the organisation.

Doyle oversaw a significant amount of change during his tenure including governance reform, development of a ‘whole of sport’ structure as well as putting the organisation in a significantly stronger financial position.

Australian Canoeing President, Andrea McQuitty, said the Board wanted to thank Greg for his years of service and commitment to AC.

“Greg has provided strong leadership for Australian Canoeing over the years that has set AC up for future success,” said McQuitty.

“He has worked to ensure a whole of sport strategy, that our high-performance plans are aligned to the ASC strategies, as well as commenced the development of the new branding strategy that AC will roll out later this year. On behalf of the Board we would like to thank Greg for his commitment to growing canoeing in Australia.

“While we are sad to see Greg leave us, it provides an opportunity to bring new experience to the sport that can consolidate our position and identify new opportunities for the future.

“The Board has engaged Left Field Solutions to commence the recruitment process next week to ensure a smooth transition process. After the recent recruitment of a strong National Performance Director and solid staffing support in place, we will be conducting a far-reaching search for the right person to fill the role who can lead the organisation and help commercialise and grow the revenue opportunities for the sport,” she said.

Greg Doyle said: “I have enjoyed my time at Australian Canoeing after almost a decade, working with a great Board and management team to achieve success both on and off the water.

“To be able to take the organisation from $1.1million to $8million turn over as well as setting up new branding position that is set to assist the organisation reach more than 3.5 million recreational paddlers, are some of what we’ve achieved over the years.

“The results our athletes have achieved in recent Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as on the international stage, has established Australia as one of top nations in canoeing internationally.

“I would like to thank those I’ve worked with over the years and look forward to seeing the success Australian Canoeing will achieve in the future.”

Greg will finish in the role in on 14 July 2017. The role will be advertised early next week.