Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Steps Down

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the organization responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games, and for delivering on the vision of the Commonwealth Sports Movement, has announced its Chief Executive Officer will be leaving his role.

As of March 5, 2021, David Grevemberg will stop down as CEO from the position he’s held since the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which were held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Per the CGF, during his tenure, ‘David worked to help transform the Federation’s focus from quadrennial oversight of its major Games to a dynamic, strategic Movement focused on legacy, impact and community benefit.’

Part of this impact entailed the launch of the CGF‘s new strategic plan, Transformation 2022, as well as its refresh in 2019. Leading a dedicated team, Grevemberg successfully supported the Host Cities and Organising Committees of the Samoa 2015 and Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, and Australia’s 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The Federation will now begin the process of recruiting for a new CEO.

Dame Louise Martin said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his work, energetic advocacy, and strong commitment to our Movement and leaving the Federation well-positioned for Birmingham 2022.

David is a visionary and energetic advocate of the power of sport and its ability to enhance and transform lives.”

David Grevemberg said: “I have had the privilege of working in the Commonwealth Sport Movement for over a decade; including six years as CEO of the Federation.

I am enormously proud of the work that we have achieved and continue to drive through our strategy, Transformation 2022, which has always been delivered in ambitious partnership with our team, our leadership and our passionate global network of members and Commonwealth athletes.

Together we have transformed the vision, mission and impact of our Movement, and it has been an honour to play my small part in building peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities across the Commonwealth through sport.

The upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are tracking positively and I am confident will be another milestone event for the movement.

After much reflection, I feel that now is the right moment to pass the baton. This will give a successor time to support and experience next year’s Games in Birmingham and plan and oversee the next significant phase of the Federation’s history, post-Transformation 2022.”

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