MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 13 December, 2017
An exciting new era has begun for Volleyball with the announcement today that experienced sports administrator Andrew Dee has been appointed as Volleyball Australia’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Volleyball Australia President, Craig Carracher, in making the announcement, said he and the VA board were thrilled that someone of Mr. Dee’s experience would be leading the organisation through the next part of the Volleyball journey.
“We are excited to attract a sports administrator of Andrew's calibre to our sport and look forward to his passion for Australian sport motivating our volleyball community." said Mr. Carracher.
"Andrew has worked to support volleyball in various capacities since the 1990s and was recently responsible for the engagement of the Australian Sports Commission with Volleyball Australia preparing for Rio 2016.”
Mr. Dee arrives to Volleyball with a wealth of experience including twelve years as Rowing Australia CEO, a variety of senior management roles within the Australian Institute of Sport over a fourteen year period as well as a long association with Volleyball Australia dating back to 1996 in which he helped the organisation prepare for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games success.
“I was responsible for activating the relocation of the national team programs to Canberra and created the training facility that remains today.” said Mr. Dee.
Mr. Dee’s wealth of experience in sport and in leadership also extends to High Performance areas having held coaching positions with Australian Rules Football and also with the Australian Sports Commission as Olympic Athlete Program Manager.
Mr. Dee will take the reins from current CEO Mathieu Meriaux who is stepping down for personal reasons after a very successful four and half years in the role.
The appointment of Mr. Dee is the next step in the exciting Volleyball journey that has seen tremendous growth over the last four years that included the establishment of the now internationally recognised brand, “The Volleyroos”.
“I’m excited by the opportunity Volleyball Australia’s indoor and beach national team programs and event calendar present, highlighted by our first ever participation in the Commonwealth Games.” said Mr. Dee.
“My aim now will be to optimise the benefits of these opportunities for volleyball in Australia, both on and off the court.”
“Volleyball is a diverse and exciting global sport and I am also really looking forward to working with our state partners to increase its presence in the Australian market.”
The plans for Volleyball have always been grand and now with the appointment of Mr. Dee the Volleyball Australia board believe they have got their man who can execute the ambitious vision.
“Andrew’s integrity, professionalism and deep understanding of volleyball and the modern challenge of administration confronting National Sports Organisations ensures Volleyball Australia will be a proactive participant in discussions on the National Sports Plan and the place of sport in our national psyche." said Mr. Carracher.
"I have known Andrew for over 20 years and have worked closely with him in the 1990s and again leading up to Rio 2016. Andrew is the man for the job and we as a board are very excited.”
Current CEO Mathieu Meriaux vacates the role on Friday December 15 with Mr. Dee beginning his tenure from January 22.
In the interim Volleyball Australia High Performance Director John Boultbee will be acting Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Boultbee also has a long history with Rowing and just last week was recognised at the World Rowing Awards in London with the well-deserved 2017 Distinguished Service to International Rowing Award.