The World Squash Federation has appointed William Louis-Marie as its new chief executive.
The 53-year-old Frenchman will take up the role on December 9, ending the WSF’s six-month search for a replacement for Andrew Shelley, who stood down in June this year after nine years at the head of the organisation.
Louis-Marie will relocate from Lausanne to the WSF’s headquarters in Hastings, England. He had most recently worked for the International Boxing Association (AIBA), first as communications director before being promoted to executive director. He left that role in January 2018 with the organisation struggling to recover from the controversy that began at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Prior to joining AIBA, Louis-Marie was the director of communications for the Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee. His career in sport began in 1994 as the communications manager for Coca-Cola France, where he managed marketing campaigns for the soft drinks brand around the Olympic Games, the Fifa World Cup and the Tour de France.
WSF president Jacques Fontaine said: “It has taken us longer than we hoped to fill this important post but we are delighted that we have found William Louis-Marie, and that he has agreed to take up the challenge. He comes to us with a respected pedigree in world sport and will undoubtedly bring a fresh new vision to our Federation and our global game.”
Among Louis-Marie’s first duties will be attending the WSF Men’s World Team Championship, which begins on December 15 in Washington, DC.