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Calgary Stampede CEO to retire

FILE - Tanner Milan, of Cochrane, Alta., competes in the steer wrestling event during Calgary Stampede rodeo action in Calgary, in a July 5, 2015, file photo. The Calgary Stampede CEO Warren Connell has had to steer one of Canada's largest festivals through one of the worst economic downturns Calgary has ever experienced.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh, File

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Stampede will soon need to be looking for a new CEO.

Current CEO Warren Connell has announced he is taking a partial leave of absence and will be retiring in the coming months.

Connell will continue in his role as a CEO until a replacement can be found and will work closely with the organization’s executive management team, president, and chairman of the board to continue to consult and advise.

During his time as CEO, Connell has been instrumental in the BMO Centre expansion, the building of the Nutrien Western Events Centre, and helped lead the Stampede through the 2013 floods.

A search for Connell’s replacement is already underway.