Miller joins the organisation at an exciting time as it establishes a new series of initiatives and strategies to progress its program for reform and growth. He will be responsible for launching series of initiatives and strategies to progress its program for reform and growth, as well as the day-to-day operations of the organisation and will oversee the delivery of its new strategic plan, including establishing new income streams via a commercial program.
Miller stood down as chief executive IRB in January 2012 after 10 years with the Dublin-based world governing body, which included guiding the sport's successful campaign to regain its place on the Olympic program at Rio 2016 and overseeing three editions of the World Cup, doubling the event's profits to more than £100 million ($152 million/€119 million).
He has also worked in newspapers, radio, television and the electronic media, becoming the Head of Sport at Channel 4 UK and then the Controller of Television Sport at the BBC. He was also a member of the European Broadcasting Union [EBU] Sports Group Executive Bureau.
Currently, Miller sits on the Advisory Board of the World Academy of Sport. He is also a member of the SportAccord Multi-Sport Games Steering Committee which advises on the direction and strategy for such world multi-sport events as the Mind, Beach, Artistic and Combat Games.
Joël Bouzou, President of the WOA and UIPM Vice-President, said, “The WOA is setting out on a new course with a new vision and a renewed mandate to support Olympians around the world and help promote the values of Olympism. It is therefore important to have the right person to steer the WOA in this positive direction and we are delighted to bring on board Mike Miller to help achieve our important ambitions and implement the WOA’s new programs and initiatives.
“Mike has had a stellar career at the very top level of sport business and we believe his strong blend of international experience, strategic insights and enviable track record leading world class sports organisations will make him a great asset to the WOA as we embark on the next stage of our development.
“Mike's potential appointment was discussed with the IOC President, the IOC Director General and the IOC Director of Sport and is part of the closer working relationship which we have recently built up between the WOA and the IOC.”
Miller, whose experience outside sport included three years in the United Kingdom as Channel 4's commissioning editor for the Big Breakfast, their flagship morning entertainment and news program, and three years as the channel's commissioning editor for the internet, stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the WOA at this crucial time for the organisation. The WOA can make a real difference globally - looking after the needs of Olympians at all stages of their lives and implementing programs through which Olympians can help foster health and fitness, cultural awareness, environmental responsibility and proactive citizenship throughout the world.
“It is essential we build the organisation to ensure it is able to achieve these objectives by empowering and supporting Olympians. I am looking forward to working with WOA President Joel Bouzou, Secretary General Tony Ledgard, Treasurer Patrick Singleton and the WOA Executive Committee to deliver our new program of development that will raise awareness of the WOA and improve the services we can offer to all Olympians.”
The World Olympians Association [WOA] is an independent, non-governmental international organisation founded in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1995. It was established to unite Olympians and promote Olympism by bringing the Olympians of the world together and encouraging their involvement in public service.
The WOA consists of one National Olympians Association per country with a recognised National Olympic Committee. Currently, 142 countries have affiliated National Olympians Associations, which consist of the Olympians in that country. The WOA has been successful in running Olympian Reunion Centres at both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, as well as many national and international programs in support of Olympism in the community. The new vision is linked to the development of all year round programs of activities, particularly using digital media, involving the WOA and Olympians. Further details will be announced in due course.