US Sailing announces two additions to its management team


US Sailing has announced two additions to its management team by the end of 2021. Jon Persch (Bristol, RI) will join US Sailing as Marketing Director and Andrew Clouston (Newport, RI) will join as Senior Vice President , Programs and services.

Jon Persch, Director of Marketing, brings extensive experience to his role at US Sailing, having built his career in the national and international sporting landscape. With over 27 years of experience in the sports marketing industry, Persch is responsible for integrated sports marketing and communications within the US Sailing Association and the US Sailing Team. Prior to joining US Sailing, Persch was Commercial Director for USA Rugby in Boulder, Colorado and Commercial Director for Major League Rugby. During his career he has also held executive positions for WWE, Creative Artists Agency and United Entertainment Group – Edelman. No stranger to the NGB and Team USA space, while at USA Rugby, Persch was part of the executive team responsible for including Rugby 7 in the Olympics and the successful bid for the United States for the Rugby Sevens World Cup in 2018. A native of New England, Persch received his undergraduate education at the University of New Hampshire, where he was a varsity athlete. After playing international rugby, he went on to complete his MBA / MS in Sports Commerce at the University of Memphis. Jon officially left Boulder, CO to join the team, is single and now resides in Bristol, Rhode Island.

“It is truly an honor to come back to the NGB space and be able to contribute to the pleasure of sailing for members of US Sailing, as well as to come back to Team USA and to contribute, in a way, to the success of our US Sailing Team, athletes and coaches, “says Persch.” We are one sport and one association and I look forward to being a part of our continued growth and success. “

Andrew Clouston joins US Sailing as Senior Vice President of Programs and Services and is responsible for Youth and Adult Programs, Competition, Education, Offshore, Race Administration and Cruising Technology. information. Andrew brings a wealth of experience from accomplished experience in the sport, including thirteen years with Yachting New Zealand, the national governing body of sailing in New Zealand, most recently as Director of Operations. Andrew’s former roles also include Designated Expert and Regional Development Coordinator for World Sailing as well as Maritime New Zealand’s Director of Operations for the 36e America’s Cup. Andrew has contributed to the sport by serving on the Para World Sailing Committee and the World Sailing Development and Regions Committee. In addition, he served on the board of directors of the New Zealand chapter of Young Professionals in Yachting, a professional group that supports continuing education within the industry, networking and ultimately facilitates the success of young professionals in the global yachting business community. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, with a business degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Auckland, Andrew has been involved in almost every facet of the sport, as a competitive dinghy sailor and keelboat, coach, recreational and racing. official. Andrew moved to the United States this year with his wife Kathleen, originally from Michigan, and their young daughter, and currently lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

“I am delighted to join the talented staff, board and volunteers of US Sailing,” said Clouston. “I look forward to sharing my experiences, working together and advancing the sport for the enjoyment of all. I consider it a privilege to work for a sport that I love. As a long-time sailor, I know how much sailing can improve people’s lives. I look forward to contributing to its growth and creating new opportunities in the future. “

The additions of Persch and Clouston complete the revamped US Sailing Leadership team which includes:

  • Heather Monoson as CFO in June 2020
  • Jill Nosach as Chief Development Officer in November 2020
  • Paul Cayard as Executive Director of US Olympic Sailing in March 2021
  • Alan Ostfield as CEO in May 2021

The new leadership team, formed by US Sailing President Cory Sertl and her Board of Directors, is a representation of the dedication to excellence that has been a cornerstone of Sertl’s presidency.

“Over the past year and a half we have all faced challenges like none of us have ever seen before, but we have faced them head-on and overcame obstacles to come out stronger. ‘other side,’ commented Sertl. “I am very excited for this new era of US Sailing, and the leadership team that we have put together is well positioned to guide and support the talented staff, dedicated volunteers and passionate sailors across the country.”

“I am delighted to welcome Jon and Andrew to the US Sailing family, as they complement and complement our leadership team, and complement our leadership team,” commented Alan Ostfield, CEO of US Sailing. “They both bring important experience and knowledge to share with the American sailing community, and both have a deep understanding of where we want to take our organization and our sport in the years to come.”

Persch and Clouston officially started US Sailing on October 25e and both work at US Sailing headquarters in Bristol, Rhode Island.

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