BOSTON -- Joe Moore was named by the board of directors of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) as the new president and chief executive officer of the association.

Moore had been serving as interim leader of IHRSA since July when John McCarthy, who was the association’s first president and CEO, retired after more than 25 years.
From 2005-2006, Moore served as chairperson of IHRSA's board of directors. He has been on the association's board since 2002. In 2000, IHRSA honored Moore with its President's Award--an award that the association gives to industry professionals for their commitment and contributions to the health and fitness industry.

"As we look to the future, I see IHRSA taking on an even greater role in further educating the public about the importance of physical activity and in influencing public policy to make it easier for everyone to make exercise a part of their everyday lives,” Moore says. “To do this, we will need to strengthen our relationships with the medical and financial communities still further, and to work even harder to educate Congress and other legislative bodies of the critical role exercise plays in both our physical and fiscal health."

Beginning in 2005, IHRSA's Board of Directors developed and executed an executive search for a new president and CEO by appointing an executive search committee and engaging the help of Korn/Ferry International, a professional search firm.

"We wanted to be sure that we gave the selection process for choosing a new leader for IHRSA the due diligence that it deserved," says Michael Levy, chairperson of IHRSA's board of directors. "We left no stone unturned. And after a great deal of thoughtful consideration, we feel extremely confident that we made the right decision in Joe. We look forward to what IHRSA and the industry will achieve under Joe's leadership."

IHRSA's Board of Directors cited expertise in the areas of government relations and public policy, association and other managerial leadership experience, communication and media savvy, business development, and a sense of presence and character as essential characteristics for the position.