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Damien Marangon will move into the role from April 18, after spending six years as CEO of the Olympic gold medal-winning national sporting organisation, Shooting Australia.

SLSSA President, John Baker, said Damien’s CEO track record, understanding of the volunteer ethos, knowledge of high level support and emergency services operations, plus his lifesaving credentials, made him a standout candidate for the CEO role.

“Damien has a strong strategic viewpoint and sound financial experience, as well as exceptional relationship management skills… all of which are essential for this role,” he said.

“This will be a popular appointment locally, given Damien’s background in, and passion for, Surf Life Saving.

“Damien’s exemplary reputation and achievements as CEO, will allow him to understand the operations of the organisation and movement at both a strategic and operational level.”

Damien said that he was excited at the opportunity to return to where he began his working life and was committed to providing strong and collaborative leadership as Surf Life Saving South Australia moved into the next phase of its growth.

“I am passionate about this movement, both from a sporting and an emergency services perspective,” he said.

“This is an iconic brand that is such an important part of Australia’s – and South Australia’s recent history, and I’m excited about the opportunities to grow that brand and ensure it remains relevant.

“We have more than 8600 members and Surf Life Saving continues to grow. No other organisation has our unique makeup; an emergency service, iconic sport, registered training organisation, youth movement and community hub.”