CEO Phil Andrews Announces Resignation From USA Weightlifting

by USA Weightlifting

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USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews serves as technical official during the 2022 North American Open Series 1 and 2022 National University Championships in Columbus, Ohio.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Weightlifting (USAW) announced today the pending resignation of CEO Phil Andrews, effective July 15, 2022. Utilizing the services of a nationally-recognized search firm, the Board of Directors (BOD) will immediately begin a search for his successor with the objective of having a new CEO in place in time to overlap with Andrews prior to his anticipated departure date.

Andrews joined USAW in January 2013 before becoming CEO in 2016. He successfully served through two Olympic Games and 15 World Championships and contributed to a period of great success for USA Weightlifting. Andrews led efforts to improve the athlete experience, increase athlete funding, support coaching education and provide pathways at every level of the sport.

“Phil’s executive leadership has guided the organization through both good and challenging times. He leaves a legacy of great achievement,” said USAW BOD Chair and President Paula Aranda. “We understand his desire to pursue other opportunities and wish him the very best.”

“While I look forward to new career challenges, I know I will leave this organization, which I care for so deeply, in great shape with an incredible management team and supportive board,” Andrews said. “I am excited to stay involved in the sport. I am proud of my accomplishments over the past 10 years, and I carry a deep gratitude for the opportunity to serve this community.”

Andrews and the BOD have begun executing USAW’s Succession Plan in support of his departure. The BOD will work closely with staff and other stakeholders in the coming months to ensure a seamless transition. In the process of identifying and hiring a new CEO, the BOD will continue to keep members and other stakeholders abreast of developments.

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