Wittenberg departs as Virgin Sport CEO
Mary Wittenberg has left her role as the global chief executive of Virgin Sport following the mass participation sports events company’s decision to focus its resources solely on the UK.
Wittenberg had been chief executive of Virgin Sport since it was launched by Virgin founder Richard Branson in 2015.
In a post on photo-sharing website Instagram, Wittenberg revealed that she would be stepping down from Virgin Sport as the company had opted to close its US operation and focus exclusively on its UK business.
She said: “While we started with initial plans for events in the US and UK, we have recently decided to focus solely on the UK business as of the start of the year. So, our global team and I will close our NYC office and leave the business at the end of the year.”
Virgin Sport was due to stage its first event in USA in October last year but it was forced to cancel the Festival of Fitness in San Francisco after wildfires hit the Bay Area of California.
The company held three events in the UK last year.
Wittenberg was previously chief executive of USA-based running events company New York Road Runners for 10 years.