June 2 – A leading anti-corruption expert who was part of the original team commissioned by FIFA to recommend specific reform proposals has become Group CEO of the Qatar-based International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).
Michael Hershman, who co-founded Transparency International, was a key member of the Independent Governance Committee set up by FIFA following a raft of corruption scandals.
A globally respected leader in the fields of transparency, governance, litigation and security, Hershman will head the ICSS’ drive to develop and strengthen its position in the fields of safety, security and integrity.
Hershman is stepping down from his role as President and CEO of the Fairfax Group, where he advised governments, financial institutions, multi-national corporations and sports governing bodies on transparency, governance and security matters.
“Sport is now a fundamental pillar within modern society. It plays a vital role in inspiring millions of people around the world through its positive values,” said Hershman.
“Whilst there continue to be many question marks and concerns around the safety, security and integrity of sport, it is vital that sport is united in confronting the many challenges it faces and that organisations across all sectors of the sports industry combine their efforts and work together to help restore trust and confidence in sport.
“As an organisation established to benefit and safeguard sport, the ICSS has huge potential to further its current work supporting governments, law enforcement and other sport governing bodies and to help develop a more consistent, coordinated and global approach to current efforts to safeguard sport.
“As Group CEO, I look forward to strengthening the ICSS’s existing offer and expertise, as well as helping organisations around the world to restore trust and confidence back to sport. We need to bring the values of sport back.”
Mohammed Hanzab, Founder and President of the ICSS, said the appointment of Hershman was “a significant day” for the increasingly influential organisation “at an important period of growth.”
“With a wealth of experience in leading international public and private organisations and having worked extensively in both the public and private sector, Michael is ideally placed as Group CEO to lead the implementation of the ICSS’s new overall structure,” he said.
“Having established the ICSS over five years ago and with the many new safety, security and integrity challenges facing sport, it was the right time to assess how the ICSS can maximise the benefits and expertise we currently offer to our partners, as well as ensuring the organisation has strong foundations for future work with different sectors in the industry and at the service to sport.”
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