PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 28) –The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) today announced the appointment of Olympian Tiger Shaw as chief operating officer, effective October 1.
Shaw, a native of Stowe, VT and former U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete, will transition in the spring of 2014 to become president and chief executive officer of the USSA. He will succeed Bill Marolt, who previously announced his intention to retire after leading the USSA for 18 years. Marolt will remain president and CEO through the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, and will continue serving as a vice president of the International Ski Federation (FIS) as well as a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors.
Shaw, a graduate of Dartmouth College who competed as part of the U.S. Olympic Team in the 1984 Olympic Winter Games under then Head Alpine Coach Bill Marolt, is a two-time Olympian, a nine-time U.S. Champion and successful business executive. Most recently, he was senior director, response services at Global Rescue LLC, where he was responsible for business development and new markets, products and services. Before Global Rescue, Shaw was director, inventory strategy at Dealertrack, where he managed a suite of products addressing automotive retail sales, financing, profitability management, digital marketing and operations systems.
As an athlete alumni trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, Shaw spearheaded the development of successful educational programs for USSA athletes that enable national Team members to attend and earn college credits at reduced or no cost while competing on the USSA’s elite teams.
“Tiger is an outstanding addition to USSA staff leadership as we prepare for Sochi and beyond,” said Marolt. “He brings an exceptional combination of leadership skills, knowledge and experience gained as an Olympian, USSA club coach, athlete parent and successful entrepreneur and business executive.
“I had the privilege of working with Tiger during the ’84 Olympics in Sarajevo as well as while he was a trustee of the Foundation Board. I welcome his passion for furthering a Best in the World vision that means a great deal to us both. He has earned success on and off the slopes, and I’m confident that the USSA will be in good hands under his leadership.”
“This is an exciting time for the organization,” said Shaw. “I look forward to working closely with Bill and the rest of our talented leadership team, who have established a solid foundation for the future. We have two goals: First, to continue our long term vision of becoming the Best in the World in Olympic skiing and snowboarding by providing world class training, education and athletic opportunities to USSA’s athletes. Second, to keep the Olympic dream burning brightly by increasing the visibility of our sports and continuing to return value to USSA’s members, sponsors and resort partners.
“I would also like to recognize Bill. It is because of his tremendous leadership and unwavering commitment to athletic excellence over the past 18 years that the USSA is well positioned for continued success. I look forward to maximizing the opportunities presented by the exciting portfolio of sports within the USSA.”
Shaw and his wife Kristin have three children and are planning a family move to Park City where he will be based at the USSA’s Center of Excellence.
About the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, established in 1905, is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding, and the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. Developed to facilitate participation in national and international competition, the Olympic sports organization provides structure for competitive skiing and snowboarding. Its vision is to make the USA the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, and to provide leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream while maintaining a strong adherence to core values. The USSA operates out of the national training and education facility, the Center of Excellence, in Park City, UT.