IAAF bolsters senior management team
The IAAF, track and field's governing body, has announced the appointment of Vineesh Kochhar as chief financial officer, while Harald Müller will come on board at the end of the 2018 first quarter as development director.
They are part of a trio of newcomers, alongside chief information officer An Dang Duy, who joined in late October, but whose appointment was only made public this week.
Kochhar joins the IAAF from Fidelity Information Services, the financial services technology company, where he was Asia-Pacific CFO, based in New Delhi, India. In addition to the finance function, he will also oversee other centralised functions across the IAAF, such as travel, heritage and a new, revamped services function.
Müller will manage the development and education resources and programmes across the sport, working with the 214 member federations. He worked for the IAAF between 2004 and 2006 as education manager, and for the past decade has been director of education and standards at the FEI, equestrianism's governing body.
At the FEI, Müller was responsible for managing education for about 9,000 officials and 30,000 registered athletes, including the development of an e-learning platform, smartphone applications, tool kits for anti-doping education and a handbook on environmental sustainability for event organisers.
Before joining the IAAF, Duy was chief information officer at Kantar Media, the research group. His team is tasked with creating and managing the IT demands of the new world rankings system and a new e-learning portal.
Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF, said: “We have been focused on hiring exceptional people with global experience to take the sport and federation into a new growth period. The reforms that have been put in place give the federation and its members, athletes and partners the confidence to move ahead with the changes we need to make in many areas of the sport.
“These individuals join a first-class senior management team, reporting to the chief executive, Olivier Gers, that is able to deliver professional discipline and rigour that will help us evolve and grow the sport. 2018 will be another great year for athletics and we hope that all our athletes, supporters and fans join us on our journey and at our events.”