IOC appoints executive office head

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has appointed Jochen Farber as head of his executive office.

A journalist by training and a communication and marketing expert, Farber has extensive experience in sport both from the media and management sides. He is currently managing director of the Olympic training centre for fencing in Germany and head of the centre’s marketing arm.

Farber was also involved in the organisation of four Olympics, four Paralympic Games and more than 20 fencing world championships, and was head of broadcasting at the International Fencing Federation (FIE).

The 46-year-old founded and ran his own PR and communications agency for over 10 years, and was responsible for the communication of the unsuccessful Munich 2018 Olympic hosting bid. He will begin his role on December 1.