New Canada Soccer General Secretary Alyson Walker Steps Down
Canada Soccer announced this morning that Alyson Walker, who was due to begin her duties today after being elected to the position on December 22, was stepping down from her position due to ‘unforeseen personal matters’.
Walker had informed Canada Soccer of her decision on Saturday, January 20, just two days before her initial start date.
“After careful consideration and conversation with my family, I have decided for personal reasons, to take some time away and will not step into the role of General Secretary at Canada Soccer,” revealed Walker in the official press release. “I wish Canada Soccer the very best and will be cheering on from afar.”
Korn Ferry, the globally recognized consulting firm that led the initial search for a new General Secretary, will be taking up the reins again to conduct a new search for the position.
Meanwhile, Canada Soccer has put together a transition leadership team to take over the General Secretary’s duties until a more permanent replacement can be officially elected. The team is led by current Independent Director and Chair of the HR Committee, Kelly Brown, and consists of COO Mathieu Chamberland, CFO Sean Heffernan, and Chief Communications and Content Officer Paulo Senra.
“Our thoughts are with Alyson as she deals with an unforeseen personal matter that sadly precludes her from taking on the role of General Secretary.” stated Canada Soccer President Charmaine Crooks in the official press release.
“While we were all looking forward to having her lead Canada Soccer, we fully understand, and deeply respect her request for privacy. We wish her all the very best.”
This comes in the wake of Mauro Biello’s interim term being extended with the CanMNT, which was rumoured to be due to the General Secretary not yet starting her duties. With Walker now stepping down from her position, the search for a permanent CanMNT Head Coach will likely be dragged on until after a new General Secretary is found.