USA Gymnastics named former congresswoman Mary Bono as interim president, CEO

Ryan YoungYahoo Sports Contributor
USA Gymnastics named former congresswoman Mary Bono as its interim president and CEO on Friday. (Getty Images)
USA Gymnastics named former congresswoman Mary Bono as its interim president and CEO on Friday. (Getty Images)

USA Gymnastics named Mary Bono as its interim president and chief executive officer on Friday, more one month after former president Kerry Perry resigned, the organization announced on Friday.

Bono, 57, will serve in the role until the board of directors finds a permanent president and CEO.

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“I am delighted to reconnect with the sport that was such an important part of my life growing up,” Bono said in the release. “I look forward to working with the entire gymnastics community during these challenging times to create a safe, supportive and healthy environment where our gymnasts can achieve their fullest potential and our community can thrive.” 

Bono, the wife of former musician Sonny Bono, has served as a principal in the Washington, D.C., area, and served as a member of the House of Representatives as a Republican from Southern California for 15 years.

Per the release, Bono is also a former gymnast and trained in multiple clubs for more than a decade.

“Mary is known to be an outstanding communicator who can coalesce people with differing views and perspectives,” USA gymnastics board chair Karen Golz said in the release. “Mary is passionate about the sport, and having her as our interim president and CEO will move the organization forward.” 

Perry, whose main goal was to help the organization recover in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, resigned from the post under pressure in September after just nine months on the job.

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