Senegal’s Fatma Samoura has been appointed as FIFA’s Secretary-General, becoming the first female in that post and the first African in such a position.
She succeeds former secretary-general Jerome Valcke, who was recently banned from football-related activity for 12 years.
The 54-year-old Samoura, whose full names are Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, spent 21 years working for the United Nations and will assume duties at the world football governing body in June.
“It is essential that FIFA incorporates fresh perspectives as we continue to restore and rebuild our organization,’’ FIFA President Gianni Infantino said of the appointment.
“She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organizations perform.
“Importantly for FIFA, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organization,’’ he said.