LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach has hired a German marketing and communications expert to head his administrative affairs.
The International Olympic Committee says 48-year-old Jochen Faerber will begin work on Dec. 1 as Bach's "head of executive office." It's one of Bach's first appointments since he was elected IOC president on Sept. 10, succeeding Jacques Rogge.
Faerber is currently managing director of Germany's Olympic fencing training center and head of the center's marketing arm. Bach won a team gold medal in fencing for Germany in 1976. Faerber was involved in the organization of more than 20 fencing world championships and was head of broadcasting at the international fencing federation. He also ran his own public relations and communications agency and headed communications for Munich's unsuccessful bid for the 2018 Winter Games.