The revolving doorways proceed to spin on the World Surf League. Tuesday morning, the WSL despatched out a press launch asserting that Sophie Goldschmidt “can be stepping down from her put up” as Cheif Government Officer and that President of Content material, Media and Studios Erik “E-Lo” Logan can be filling her sneakers.
In two very unsurprisingly obscure statements from each Dirk Ziff and Goldschmidt herself, it stays unclear as to why precisely Goldschmidt can be eradicating herself from the helm of the corporate, apart from the choice was “mutually agreed” upon. “Sophie has had a big impact on the WSL,” stated WSL-owner Dirk Ziff within the presser. “She is chargeable for remodeling each our enterprise capabilities and tradition in her tenure as CEO. With the converging tendencies in sports activities, media and leisure, we mutually agreed it was time to make a change. Erik Logan is a confirmed chief and a world-class media government with a profound private connection to the game of browsing. We’re enthusiastic about what he’ll accomplish as CEO. We are going to all the time be grateful to Sophie for her contributions to browsing and we sit up for the WSL’s subsequent chapter.”
“With the WSL now able to turn into a extra centered content material and media firm, the Board and I’ve mutually agreed it’s the proper time to make a change,” Goldschmidt stated. “Having labored carefully with Erik, he’s the proper individual to steer the WSL into its subsequent period. I’m enthusiastic about what lies forward for the group.”
In line with the presser, Goldschmidt solely took on the function as CEO two years in the past, again in 2017. “Throughout her tenure, she led the establishment of equal prize cash throughout males’s and ladies’s browsing, negotiated a historic 10-year surfer settlement, secured the first-of-its-kind Fb partnership and unprecedented ranges of linear and digital distribution,” the press launch notes. “She additionally delivered the first-ever aggressive occasions at Surf Ranch (the WSL’s wave know-how facility), relaunched the group’s ocean well being advocacy program WSL PURE, considerably raised the WSL’s profile globally and constructed a dynamic new management crew.” Goldschmidt will be part of the corporate’s Advisory Board after she steps down.
And who is that this Erik Logan who will steer the ship browsing from this level ahead? After serving as President of the Oprah Winfrey Community (OWN) and Government Vice President at Harpo Studios, Logan has spent the previous yr because the WSL’s President of Content material “revamping the group’s stay broadcasts, main the event of off-platform content material together with its first non-scripted TV sequence, in partnership with ABC, Final Surfer (airing Summer season 2020), in addition to 24/7: Kelly Slater on HBO.” (Positively learn up on the forthcoming actuality present right here.)
“The World Surf League is essentially the most thrilling, inspiring and promising alternative I’ve ever encountered,” Logan stated within the announcement. “The facility of the group’s platform, the historical past of championing the world’s greatest surfers, the worldwide fan base and the chance to speed up the WSL as a world sport and media powerhouse is completely unimaginable.”
“Browsing is highly effective,” he continued. “As somebody who got here to it later in life, I personally perceive the affect browsing can have on people, communities and the world at giant. To have the ability to lead world-class individuals on the WSL and mix my skilled and private passions is a dream come true.”
This text initially appeared on Surfer.com and was republished with permission.
For entry to unique gear movies, celeb interviews, and extra, subscribe on YouTube!