Tennis Europe appoints new CEO
07 February 2018 - Photo: Tennis Europe Chief Executive Officer Thomas Hammerl
Tennis Europe has announced the appointment of Thomas Hammerl as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.
Hammerl, 45, is a former CEO of the Austrian Tennis Federation, where he was responsible for overseeing the organisation’s sponsoring, commercial operations and communications and served as Davis & Fed Cup Team Manager. He has also served on the Junior Tennis Committees of both Tennis Europe and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in recent years.
Tennis Europe President Vladimir Dmitriev commented, “Tennis Europe is excited to begin a fresh chapter with the new CEO. Thomas’ extensive experience with national federations, his strong marketing background and profound understanding of the tennis ecosystem made him stand out as the ideal candidate to ensure Tennis Europe’s continued growth, to oversee the implementation of a new business strategy and to continue the excellent work of our dedicated staff.”
“I am delighted and extremely motivated to join Tennis Europe,” said Hammerl. “I am pleased that the Board was convinced by my pledge to focus on leadership, communication, sponsorship, development and integrity. Together with the President, Board and staff, I look forward to executing an ambitious new strategy for the prosperity and growth of Tennis Europe and its member nations.”
The appointment followed a 10-week recruitment process that attracted almost 200 applications. An Assessment Committee carried out interviews with an initial shortlist before meeting the final four candidates for face-to-face interviews in Zürich, after which the final decision was taken by the Board of Management.
The Board also announced that Magnus Grönvold would be promoted to the new role of Chief Operating Officer, working closely with the new CEO at the regional association’s headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.