The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has appointed Kelly Fairweather, who is currently chief executive of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), as its new chief operating officer.
Fairweather is to assume his new role in January and will replace Juan Margets, who announced in March that he would leave the sport’s worldwide governing body at the end of the current year.
Prior to his time with the FIH, the global governing body for hockey, Fairweather was director of the European office of the World Anti-Doping Agency from 2009 to 2010. Fairweather also served in two senior roles at the International Olympic Committee (IOC), first as group manager in its department of finance before going on to become director of sport.
“I look forward to joining the ITF as chief operating officer,” Fairweather said. “It is a federation that I know well having worked with them during my time as IOC Director of Sport and I have admired how they have grown in stature in the Olympic movement.”
Fairweather’s appointment comes after ITF president David Haggerty in June unveiled a new strategic plan for the organisation to boost investment in the development of tennis.
Speaking about the strategy, Fairweather said: “The ambitious agenda of Dave Haggerty for the future of the ITF and its flagship competitions, the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, has great appeal to me and I look forward to working with him to make ITF 2024 a reality.”
Haggerty added: “Kelly’s extensive experience in the Olympic movement as well as his in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by international federations made him the perfect candidate to help the ITF fulfil its mission to develop, grow and promote tennis around the world.
“We have an ambitious agenda as part of ITF 2024 and we know that Kelly’s experience will help us to achieve our goals.”