skip to content
24 Jun 2003
IOC News , Press Release

IOC Appoints New Director General

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is pleased to announce that the IOC Executive Board has appointed Mr Urs Lacotte as Director General.

A Swiss national, aged 49, Mr Lacotte has a strong background in the worlds of sports, business and international affairs, having worked for the Swiss Sports Association (now the Swiss Olympic Association), Electrowatt Engineering (based in Asia) and the General Staff of the Ministry of Defence.

His academic background, which includes an MBA from the University of St Gallen (SUI), and degrees from the Universities of Bern (SUI) and Bayreuth (GER), is in the fields of sport, sports management and geography.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the IOC", said Mr Lacotte. "This will be a challenging and fulfilling role to which I trust I can bring an added value from my background in the worlds of sport, business and world affairs. I very much look forward to getting my feet under the desk and helping the future efficient running of the Olympic Movement".

The IOC announced earlier this year that the services of a full-time Director General were needed for the future. Mr Lacotte will take up the position of present Director General Mr François Carrard, who will remain associated with the IOC as an external juridical advisor. He will be introduced to the IOC members at the Executive Board meeting and the 115th Session in Prague next week, and to the staff upon his return to Lausanne.
back to top