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| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jamie Davis

The new CEO of USA Volleyball hopes to use his background in marketing and e-commerce to help grow the sport

Jamie Davis. Photo courtesy of USA VOLLEYBALL

After years under the leadership of Doug Beal, who was an icon in the sport as a player, coach and executive, USA Volleyball went in a decidedly different direction when it hired Jamie Davis in January. Davis is the national governing body’s first CEO with no prior experience in the sport and was hired by design for his marketing and e-commerce background. Davis founded his own company, Jomandrew Sports and Entertainment, after serving as president of online retailer Fanatics from 2012 to 2014. Before that, he served as president of the Versus television network from 2008 to 2011 and held several roles with News Corporation, Fox Sports and CBS Sports. Now he is setting about creating a new approach for USA Volleyball and its events.

You are the first CEO of USA Volleyball with no previous experience in the sport. How were you approached for this position?

I had my own consulting company in the sports and e-commerce space, and I received a phone call from a headhunter who asked me if I was interested in going back into the workplace for an NGB. I said, “You understand I have no background in volleyball,” and they said, “That’s OK. What they’re looking for is someone with a sports background in marketing and finance and e-commerce who can bring a different vision, a new vision, a fresh vision to the sport.”

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