Volvo Ocean Race Appoints Mark Turner As CEO
Published: Friday, 01 April 2016
Volvo Ocean Race has appointed Mark Turner as the new CEO. As one of the most respected figures in professional sailing, Turner will be stepping down as Executive Chairman of the sports marketing company OC Sport.
(Photo: Mark Turner / OC Sport)
The Briton, who competed in offshore sailing’s leading international event as a Whitbread Round-the-World sailor in 1989, and masterminded the Chinese crew Dongfeng Race Team project in the 2014-15 edition, will take up his new position in succession to Knut Frostad from June 7 this year.
Turner, 48, said: “There probably isn’t any other post in sailing that could have attracted me today after taking OC Sport through so many different areas of the sport over the last two decades. It is a significant responsibility for me to take over the leadership from Knut, who has done such an excellent job of transforming the race in to the sport’s biggest and most commercially viable top-level event.”
“As the race with the most significant global footprint in both media and business-to-business terms, and a fascinating history dating back to 1973, there is a huge responsibility not only to the numerous stakeholders, Volvo, and the other team and event partners, but also to the sport of sailing in general. It’s a platform that can really help shape the future of the sport,” added Turner.
(Photo: Ricardo Pinto / Volvo Ocean Race Team)
Volvo Ocean Race board chairman Henry Stenson explained his delightment with the the appointment: “It has been a long and thorough process, but I know that in Mark we have found the right person to take on this very challenging role.”
Turner has competed in many of the sport's leading events including the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Mini Transat, but really made his name in the sport by masterminding Briton Ellen MacArthur’s successful Vendée Globe race in 2001 when she finished second.
He then oversaw her breaking the solo circumnavigation of the world record in 2005, taking the sport to a wider audience than ever before, both in their native United Kingdom, but also around the world.
Turner went on to launch the very successful Extreme Sailing Series with OC Sport as well as many other leading adventure sports events.
He added: “My personal chapter with OC Sport is now ending, but the spirit and achievements will continue, I’m sure, with the strong team I’m leaving behind.”
Turner, who is also a very keen cyclist, swimmer and skier, will now undertake a period of leave before taking up his new responsibilities with the race, ahead of the 13th edition in 2017-18 which starts in October next year.