LAWRENCE (Larry) F. PROBST, III
USOC Chairman of the Board
Larry Probst was elected chairman of the United States Olympic Committee board of directors in October 2008. Additionally, he was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee in September 2013, and appointed chair of the IOC's Olympic Channel Commission in June 2015. Previously, he served as chair of the IOC Press Commission (2014-15), and was a member of three other IOC Commissions – International Relations (2011-15), Entourage (2014-15), and Radio and Television (2014-15).
In addition, he is a member of the Association of National Olympic Committees Executive Council and the Pan American Sports Organization Executive Committee, while serving as chair of the ANOC Marketing and New Sources of Finance Commission.
Probst is also chairman of Electronic Arts, the world’s leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Probst joined EA in 1984 and served as the vice president of sales until 1986, followed by four years as senior vice president of the company’s publishing division. He led EA as president from December 1990 to October 1997, and was named CEO in May 1991, serving in that capacity until April 2007. Probst has been on EA’s board of directors since January 1991, was elected to the position of chairman of the board of directors in July 1994 and served as the executive chairman from March 2013 to December 2014.
Under Probst, EA navigated multiple technology transitions and made strategic investments in new platforms such as mobile, online and other emerging markets. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew its annual revenue from $175 million in 1992 to roughly $3 billion in 2006, and expanded international operations to more than 75 countries.
Before joining EA, Probst was a national sales manager at Activision Inc. and a national accounts manager at Clorox. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Delaware.
He and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Scott and Chip.