New CEO for World Equestrian Games

January 7, 2009

A former Deputy Secretary of Kentucky Tourism has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Jamie Link has been serving as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet since December 2007 and before that spent several months as the Deputy Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. He has served as an ex officio member of the World Games 2010 Foundation board of directors and has been actively involved in the ongoing construction projects at the Kentucky Horse Park and major vendor selections related to the Games.

"I am honored to be selected as CEO of the World Games 2010 Foundation and look forward to working with the wonderful staffs of the Foundation and the Kentucky Horse Park," Link said.

"It is going to take all of us working together and we are committed to showcasing to our visitors not only the world's finest equestrian venue that is the Kentucky Horse Park, but also the many amazing attractions we have throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky."

Board chairman and acting CEO John Long said the Games had proactively recruited Link for the role.

"I have watched Jamie participate in many of the meetings and was impressed with his ability to get things done. The planning for the Games is at a critical juncture and we need to have a full time CEO to manage the process for the next 21 months," said John Long, board chairman and acting CEO. "Jamie's familiarity with the Games planning means he will be able to jump in immediately and make an impact."

Link will officially begin serving as CEO on January 12, but has already begun the transition and attending meetings as needed to be up-to-date on all operations when he joins the staff full-time.