US Sailing named Jack Gierhart as its eighth executive director in the history of the organization.
Gierhart had been acting executive director since October following the retirement of Charlie Leighton. He had served as the associate executive director since November 2009.
The US Sailing's board of directors and search committee worked closely with a retained executive search firm on a national search. More than 80 individuals were considered for the position and seven candidates with a wide range of experience, expertise and perspective were evaluated by the search committee in interviews and through referencing.
"After an extensive national search, I am pleased to announce that our board of directors has appointed Jack Gierhart as our executive director," said US Sailing president Gary Jobson. "Jack has played an integral role with the organization for over six years and brings a wealth of experience to US Sailing. We look forward to working with Jack in the coming years."
"I am very excited about this opportunity to work with the board, our volunteers, and staff," offered Gierhart. "We have a great team here at US Sailing, and with our current momentum there is a lot of opportunity. We will continue to focus on improving our core programs, but also look forward to new ideas, initiatives and strengthening support of local sailing organizations that are critical to the future of sailing in the United States."