>C'mon, Craig was saddled with tons of Ollan hires(admittedly, Thornton was not one of them). If he
has a fault as a CEO it's that he didn't use the
"new broom sweeps clean" theory when he came
into office and bounce them all, given OCC's
known habit of being sure never to hire anyone
brighter than he was. And that's saying
The problem wasn't who OCC hired, it was who he didn't fire. Perhaps his major fault was actually a virtue carried to an unfortunate extreme. He was very, very loyal to the people who worked for him and never had the stomach for firing anyone, no matter how incompetent they were (and he did have some beauts in his day). He had some strong professionals working for him, but the performance of the National Office was decidedly mixed because of the mediocrity that OCC tolerated.
In the end, though, what brought Ollan down was his failure to promote the sport effectively and his utter inability to keep the organization on a sound financial footing by attracting and retaining major sponsorships. If he had hired a strong marketing director, or if he had posessed better personal skills at this, he might still be there.
Craig has done much better in this respect than Ollan did. He has also had more personnel turnover than Ollan had, but most organizations (and not just NGB's) have a certain amount of turnover. I think it would have been a mistake for him to sweep everyone out immediately. Instead, he gave everyone a fair opportunity to prove him/herself and to decide for themselves whether they wanted to continue working for the new management. He also gave himself an opportunity to evaluate where everyone fit into his plans for the office.
It hasn't been perfect, but it seems to be working.