USA Cycling's board of directors has officially named Steve Johnson as its chief executive officer on Friday. Johnson has been acting CEO ever since the recent resignation/sacking of Gerard Bisceglia. His main tasks will be the continuation of the programs leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, as well as the grassroots membership, local association, and promoter incentive programs throughout the USA.
USAC explained its decision in a statement: "After a long, thoughtful and deliberate debate among the entire board, it was felt that even with a search, there would not have been another candidate that exhibits the leadership, knowledge and understanding of athletics, programs, and membership that Johnson does.
"Johnson is well respected by the United States Olympic Committee and the UCI and the board feels that Johnson is the best candidate to continue the growth of the organization.
"There is an annual, rigorous and explicit CEO review process in place for the CEO of USA Cycling and the board is committed to ensuring that the organization's CEO maintains the highest level of performance at all times.
"As a condition of his hiring, Johnson has resigned from his position as Executive Director of the USA Cycling Development Foundation.
"The USAC Board of Directors is excited about the future of USA Cycling and is confident that Johnson is the leader that the organization needs."