USA Cycling has named Rob DeMartini as president and chief executive officer of USA Cycling, effective February 2019. DeMartini comes to the national governing body after spending the last 12 years as president and CEO of New Balance Athletics Inc. He succeeds Derek Bouchard-Hall, who resigned last year to take over Swiss apparel company Assos.
“Our entire board and management team enthusiastically welcome Rob as our new CEO,” said Bob Stapleton, chairman of the USA Cycling board. “His passion and ambition for both the future of USA Cycling and our sport is inspiring. He also brings the proven leadership, commercial skills and resources to elevate USA Cycling and to do more for our members, partners and athletes.”
DeMartini led New Balance from $1.5 billion annual revenue in 2007 to $4.4 billion in 2018. He also oversaw international sales expansion.
“As I join USA Cycling, I look forward to working closely with Chuck Hodge (chief of racing and events) in support of our members, event directors and race officials as well as Scott Schnitzspahn (vice president of elite athletics) to prepare our riders for the Tokyo 2020 Games,” said DeMartini. “I am excited to join this capable team and very optimistic that we can better meet members’ needs, grow the leadership role USA Cycling plays in our industry and make all disciplines of cycling stronger.”
Before New Balance, DeMartini worked for Tyson Foods and spent 20 years at Procter & Gamble, holding management roles with The Gillette Company, North American Snacks and Millstone Coffee. He also serves on the board of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), Welch’s and Aloha Food, and was chairman of the American Apparel and Footwear Association. He is also a cyclist who has ridden in the Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon for the past 11 years and other events.
“Rob was a great partner while leading New Balance and connected with all levels of our organization,” said Michael Capiraso, CEO and president of New York Road Runners. “His commitment to the running community aligned perfectly with our mission to help and inspire people through running. Together, we made a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and abilities every year. Rob has a great feel for the power of partnership and community, a skill that will surely benefit USA Cycling and the sport of cycling in the future.”