IRONMAN CEO announces retirement after 12 years with the Tampa-based organization

After 12 years of leadership, Andrew Messick has announced he will be retiring in 2023 from his position of president and chief executive officer for The IRONMAN Group.

Messick will remain a stakeholder and member of the board of directors following the recruitment and appointment of a new CEO, according to a statement.

“Being the CEO of The IRONMAN Group has been the professional honor of my life – the most meaningful and purposeful work experience I have had – and I am filled with gratitude for the support of my team members, our partners and the athlete community over the past 12 years,” said Messick in the statement. “I have given all I have to this job and my life has been enriched by the opportunity to build incredible events, meet athlete community members from all over the world, and lead an incredibly dedicated group of colleagues.”

Messick joined The IRONMAN Group in 2011 and led the transition of the organization from a triathlon brand to the world’s largest organizer of mass participation events with a portfolio of hundreds of events annually across more than 50 countries in triathlon, running, trail-running, road cycling and mountain biking, while also adding digital training platforms and programs for athletes.

Before joining The IRONMAN Group, Messick served as president of AEG Sports, where he played a leading role for its sports teams and properties, including the Amgen Tour of California, Bay to Breakers foot race, Euroleague Basketball and AEG China. Before that, he was the senior vice president of international for the National Basketball Association, where he was responsible for overseeing the NBA’s network of international offices.

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