Fresh off of USA Taekwondo’s most successful U.S. Open in history with more than 2,000 athletes from 76 countries, Eric Parthen has announced his resignation as the Chief Executive Officer of USA Taekwondo (USAT). Parthen has agreed to stay on in a supportive role over the course of the next several months to assist with the transition to new leadership.
“I’d like to thank USA Taekwondo’s Board of Directors for the opportunity to lead this organization for the last 18 months,” said Parthen. “Thanks to the efforts of our athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers, we’ve been able to stabilize the operations of USAT and also put it on a path of tremendous growth for the future stars of the sport.”
"On behalf of the Board and membership, we appreciate the leadership Eric showed in guiding USAT over the course of last 18 months,” said Board Chair Anne Chase. “He took over at a particularly turbulent time and his skills and experience helped guide the organization toward a much brighter future."
Parthen took over USA Taekwondo in mid-September 2011 at a time when the organization was amidst a financial crisis. With mounting debt that was approaching $600,000, USAT was forecast to run out of cash in mid-October. After trimming expenses, including reducing staff by more than 30 percent, Parthen’s leadership enabled USAT to survive and emerge as a thriving entity that is well positioned for the future. Some of the organization’s accomplishments during Parthen’s tenure include:
“I look forward to watching USAT’s talented staff continue to build on the successes of the past to help USAT rise to new levels in support of its athletes and programs,” said Parthen.
USAT’s Board of Directors is currently evaluating its transition plan that will likely include appointing an Interim CEO in the near future.
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