Michael Downey Named Chief of Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association

Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association named Michael Downey its new chief executive officer, the organization said in a statement.

Downey, 56, has spent the past nine years as president and CEO of Tennis Canada. He replaces Roger Draper, who will step down at the end of September after seven years in charge of the LTA, which organizes the sport in Britain.

“We set out to recruit a CEO with true success in business, with exceptional leadership credentials and ideally with significant knowledge of tennis,” LTA Chairman David Gregson said. “Michael demonstrably fits the bill perfectly and was the unanimous choice of our recruitment panel.”

Downey will start in his new position on Jan. 6, 2014, the LTA said. He was a senior vice president of Molson Canada, that country’s largest brewery, as well as a marketing executive with the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.