Search Continues for USOC CEO

Former Women’s World Cup head Marla Messing and Colorado businessman Harry Frampton will interview for the new U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive officer position in the coming days.

They remain on a shrinking list of candidates–believed to be fewer than a dozen–still in serious contention for the position USOC President Bill Hybl has said he wants to fill by Feb. 5 as part of a major organizational restructuring.

Messing, the president and CEO of the wildly successful Women’s World Cup last summer who worked under Rothenberg at Major League Soccer, is considered highly savvy, hard-working and energetic–regarded as essential qualities for the person called upon to oversee major change at the sometimes bureaucratic USOC. There are questions, however, about whether she has sufficient experience for the job.

Frampton, managing partner of the resort-hospitality company East West Partners in Vail, Colo., oversaw the 1989 and 1999 skiing world championships in Vail and sits on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association board of directors. A close associate of Hybl’s, Frampton also has been involved with the USOC budget committee.