February 19, 2020 

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA — World Lacrosse announced today the appointment of Eric Parthen to the position of Chief Operating Officer.  Parthen brings more than two decadeof management experience in national and international sport to World Lacrosse, having served as the chief executive of four different sports organizations, including two U.S. National Governing Bodies for Olympic sport.

Parthen has also worked with the international federations for the sports of cricket and boxing.  He joins World Lacrosse after working for the last three-plus years for the International Cricket Council, the global governing body for the sport of cricket, where he was responsible for leading the development a new U.S. cricket governing body from the ground up to better capitalize on the growth potential of the U.S. market.

Parthen’s appointment was announced by World Lacrosse Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr, to whom Parthen will report.  Parthen will begin his duties this week and will work from the organization’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

With World Lacrosse, Parthen will be responsible for leading operational areas such as finance, strategic planningcontract administration, information technology and anti-doping administration.  He will also work to put in place processes to strengthen the timely sharing of information and resources with various World Lacrosse Committees and Working Groups, including the Board of Directors, General Assembly, National Governing Bodies and Continental Federations.

“As our organization continues to grow, making certain we have in place the systems and processes necessary to effectively manage our resourceswhile operating with greater speed and responsivenessis essential,” said Scherr.  “Eric’s experience in leading key operational areas for national and international sport organizations is an ideal fit for World Lacrosse, and we are delighted to welcome him to our international federation.”

In addition to his work with international federations and U.S. National Governing Bodies, Parthen held various senior-level roles with the United States Olympic Committee during 12 years of service, focused principally on strategic planning, high performance funding and National Governing Body services.

“I am extremely excited to be joining the World Lacrosse staff as it continues to make huge strides in the growth and development of lacrosse around the globe,” said Parthen. “The sport of lacrosse holds a special place in our family, having been involved for the last 10 years at the grassroots level as both a youth coach and lacrosse parentwhere I have seen up close the benefits and opportunities the sport provides. I also know how hard national federations work to deliver those benefits and I look forward to working with our members around the world to assist those efforts.”

Media Contact: Darryl Seibel

About World Lacrosse

World Lacrosse is the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse, responsible for providing effective leadership and governance of the sport internationally while supporting the continued growth of lacrosse worldwide. In November 2018, World Lacrosse was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The President of World Lacrosse is Sue Redfern of England.