INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- USA Track and Field interim CEO Mike McNees has decided to leave the organization after Max Siegel was picked to fill the CEO spot on a permanent basis.

McNees, the chief operating officer, filled the top role for more than 19 months following the ouster of Doug Logan.

USATF conducted two searches for a permanent CEO and came up with Siegel, a former board member who resigned that position to take a paid consultant's job with the federation before becoming CEO.

Siegel's hiring was announced April 23.

McNees says: "The organization is charting a new course, and I'm proud to have done my small part in support of the team as I now re-chart my own."

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