Cycling New Zealand have appointed Jacques Landry as interim CEO replacing Andrew Matheson who resigned in November.
Landry has a long association with cycling that began with representing Canada at both the 1992 and the 1996 Olympic Games in the road race. He retired from road racing and started coaching in 1999 as the Canadian national cycling development coach before moving into a road head coach role with the Canadian Commonwealth Games team in Manchester in 2002, where they won eight medals.
Landry replaces former Chief Executive Andrew Matheson who resigned from the role in November after a fallout from the damning independant review of the organisation.
The review of the sport's high performance track programme, carried out by Michael Heron QC, was released in October and found a culture of bullying, poor behaviour, lack of accountability and an inappropriate relationship all existed within a dysfunctional programme.
Landry's name should be familiar to those in the New Zealand cycling community, given his previous five year stint with Cycling New Zealand managing the high performance road team that represented New Zealand at the Athens and Beijing Olympics in 2004 and 2008 respectively.
After the Beijing Olympics, Landry returned to Canada where he spent the last nine years as Cycling Canada's Chief Technical Officer-Head Coach. Under his direction and guidance, he helped deliver consistent international podium performances for Canada, particularly across the organisation's track, mountain bike and para-cycling programmes, and played a key role in the organization's growth and development.
Upon leaving Cycling Canada in March 2018, he was quickly seconded to a project role with Cycling New Zealand for six months, working as an advisor within the New Zealand high performance cycling programme.
Landry will head back to Canada over the Christmas break to spend time with family and return to New Zealand prior to the much anticipated TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge 18-20 January 2019.
Landry will fulfil the CEO role for the next six months providing Cycling New Zealand time to formally advertise and appoint a permanent replacement in 2019.