World Sailing has a new CEO
The new general director of the International Sailing Federation appointed Briton David Graham. He will start working in a new position for himself on July 13.
Recall that the chair of the CEO of World Sailing has been empty since December last year, when another Briton Andy Hunt left the international federation. All four years at Hunt's top post have been harshly criticized by the sailing press. He was accused, firstly, of the fact that, as a result of his short-sighted financial policy, World Sailing was on the verge of bankruptcy, and secondly, of the fact that he had no relation to sailing before, does not love him and does not understand him specifics.
Judging by the first responses, Graham is the exact opposite of the previous general. From childhood he was engaged in sailing, at one time achieved considerable successes, speaking in different classes of yachts, and is still faithful to the sail (and now kitesurfing is among his hobbies). Over the years, Graham has been able to train, organize regattas, build yachts and sell them – that is, he knows firsthand all of these areas of activity. For the past 10 years, at the invitation of the Government of Oman, he led the Oman Sail program and achieved significant success as a manager: sail is now one of the most beloved sports in the country, Omani yachtsmen have taken a leading position in Asia, and world-class regattas are held in the waters of Oman.
Of course, developing a sail on a global scale is not at all like in Oman, but it is worth paying attention to the fact that several applicants were presented to the leadership of World Sailing, and Graham won a clear advantage in competition with other candidates. General opinion: this person is distinguished by experience, knowledge and business acumen.
Agree, World Sailing all these qualities do not hurt at all.
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