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    Thompson Retires as CEO of Skate Canada

    PJ Kwong tweeted:

    Thompson has apparently retired frOm being CEO of Skate Canada - no new replacement named
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    PJ Kwong tweeted:

    Thompson has apparently retired frOm being CEO of Skate Canada - no new replacement named
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! :
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    Very strange...

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    There's also an official press release from Skate Canada: Change in Leadership at Skate Canada.

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    This feels rather sudden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by literaryfreak View Post
    This feels rather sudden.
    Indeed it does.

    Love this quote from the press release:
    The Board plans no immediate search for a CEO said Lavoie. “We have a very experienced, capable senior management team. We know that they will continue their fine work as a leadership group, while the Skate Canada Board focuses on its role of governance of the association.”
    In other words, nothing to see here, move along

    Are we seriously expected to believe that Skate Canada can function for any length of time without a CEO? Or maybe they are not planning a search because they have a "chosen one" in mind already.
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    Or maybe the money is tight and they don't want a big salary on the books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alixana View Post
    Michael Slipchuk (just guessing )
    Kurt Browning .. just kidding.

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    It doesn't sound like they plan to replace the CEO. Strange indeed

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    I'll miss him.
    He seemed to love the sport and wanted it to receive proper attention/coverage.

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    Didn't SC get rid of the previous CEO just before worlds in Calgary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Are we seriously expected to believe that Skate Canada can function for any length of time without a CEO? Or maybe they are not planning a search because they have a "chosen one" in mind already.
    I was wondering the same.

    I've checked both the Skate Canada and SkateBuzz facebook sites and this news isn't mentioned. So weird. Are they waiting to post something until they can also name the new CEO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maggylyn View Post
    I was wondering the same.

    I've checked both the Skate Canada and SkateBuzz facebook sites and this news isn't mentioned. So weird. Are they waiting to post something until they can also name the new CEO?
    Webmaster probably off for the long weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maggylyn View Post
    I've checked both the Skate Canada and SkateBuzz facebook sites and this news isn't mentioned. So weird. Are they waiting to post something until they can also name the new CEO?
    It is on the SC website:
    http://www.skatecanada.ca/AboutUs/NewsDetails/tabid/2157/sni[2797]/1819/language/en-US/Default.aspx
    Last edited by 13KJC13; 08-05-2012 at 05:36 PM.

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    Sounds to me like he was fired/let go. The timing is fishy. He was obviously at the Skate Canada AGM and the ISU congress and poised to lead the organization into the 2013 season which is about to start.

    I wonder why he was let go? Salary too big? Problems over 2013 worlds (which sounds like there's many)? Not bringing in enough sponsors? (Speaking of which, I keep wondering when Debbi Wilkes will be next.)

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    But it says retired. Maybe he simply had enough? Or a better offer from somewhere else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    But it says retired. Maybe he simply had enough? Or a better offer from somewhere else?
    Retired is sometimes an option companies will give an employee being let go in order to save face/other due dilligence issues.

    It doesn't mean he didn't decide to retire on his own, only that it's not always that clear-cut an explanation.
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    Am I the only one surprised that Skate Canada is a company with a CEO...

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    Quote Originally Posted by analia View Post
    Am I the only one surprised that Skate Canada is a company with a CEO...
    Yes?
    I mean it's pretty standard for a sport governing body in Canada to have a CEO AFAIK.

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