Kerry Perry resigns as CEO of USA Gymnastics after only 9 months in charge
Perry was hired around the time former national team doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually abusing more than 100 gymnasts, including Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber. Nassar was convicted last year of sexually molesting gymnasts in incidents dating as far back as the 1990s and was sentenced in January to an effective life term in prison.
Perry, a former media executive had been criticized for not reaching out to the survivors of former USA Gymnastics and U.S. Olympic team physician Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse and for focusing on marketing and branding instead implementing policies to address the abuse of young gymnasts and make the organization more transparent. Perry acquired Nike as a corporate sponsor after a high-profile corporate partner dropped USA Gymnastics in the wake of the Nassar scandal.
She had also maintained a low profile, rarely commenting or speaking publicly about the embattled national governing body, making it difficult to tell whether the organisation were taking steps in the right direction.
USA Gymnastics are now focusing on athlete safety and well-being and ensuring that programs and protocols are in place to prevent all forms of abuse and to encourage athletes to speak up.
USAG is yet to appoint an interim chief executive and form a search committee to find a permanent replacement.