Tennis New Zealand has today confirmed that after six years, Chief Executive Steve Johns is leaving the organisation to take up the role of Chief Executive of Swimming NZ.
Tennis NZ Chair, Celia Patrick praised Johns dedication to the role and taking the sport forward.
"Steves enthusiasm and commitment to the sport has been outstanding during periods of challenge and change. He has made a significant contribution to Tennis New Zealand during his time as CEO, and while he will be missed, we are pleased that his skills and experience are staying in the wider New Zealand sports family".
Tennis NZ will commence the search for a new Chief Executive early in 2017 with the role being responsible for the implementation and successful roll-out of the organisation new 2017 - 2022 Strategic Plan.
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Significantly Johns, a former Taranaki swimming rep and record holder and New Zealand water polo representative is taking a role in a sport he grew up with.
"The opportunity to combine my sports management and leadership skills with the sports that have played such a big part in my life was an opportunity which I couldnt resist."
I am proud of what I have achieved during my time at Tennis NZ and will be sad to leave the organisation but I do so in the knowledge that the organisation is in good shape with a positive future ahead".
Johns will take up his new role in early February.
- This story has been automatically published using a media release from New Zealand Tennis