USA Swimming has appointed Scott Leightman as its director of public relations and communications.
Leightman, who has previously worked in public relations for basketball and golf in a 20-year career, will manage USA swimming's four-member communications team and its day-to-day operations, serving as its primary spokesman.
"Boasting progressive leadership and passionate participants, USA Swimming has an unwavering commitment to grow the sport both at the grassroots and national team level," said Leightman.
"Alongside a talented team, I look forward to showcasing the fun and life lessons that swimming promotes."
Since 2011, he has worked as public relations director at Buffalo Communications, where he managed 10 clients for the global golf and lifestyle agency.
Prior to that, he was director of public relations at TaylorMade-Adidas Golf from 2007 to 2009 after serving as vice-president of public relations with the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team from 2003 to 2006 and director of basketball communications with the Phoenix Suns from 1998 to 2003.
Leightman has also worked in the sports information offices at La Salle University and Bloomsburg University, both in Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Ithaca College in New York with a degree in sports communication.
Of his appointment by USA Swimming, its chief marketing officer, Matt Farrell, said: "Scott possesses a wealth of experience in the sports industry, and we look forward to adding his expertise to our team at USA Swimming.
"He is a talented communicator and will play a key role in the leadership of our organisation."
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