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Chief Executive Officer – International Hockey Federation (FIH)

The International Hockey Federation’s first priority is to govern the sport of hockey worldwide. In so doing it must increase the participation, the profile and the financial viability of the sport.

The CEO is to provide leadership and management skills in effecting a strategy to achieve the vision of the FIH and for hockey globally.

The FIH seeks a commercial leader, with significant experience and understanding of revenue generation, fan engagement and innovative content creation and distribution.


10 Year Strategy: The Hockey Revolution

  • Provide inspiring leadership to the global hockey community, ensuring FIH and Hockey is well regarded in the international sporting community.
  • Provide leadership to develop and continually reinforce the Vision (Strategic Direction), Mission (Purpose) and Values (Culture) of the organisation.
  • Develop, articulate and deliver the vision for the first Hockey, Pro League.
  • Through active engagement with key stakeholders, develop and annually review a Rolling Strategic Plan to maximise value and recommend the Plan to the Board for input, review and approval.
  • Implement the Rolling Strategic Plan and report to the Board on progress and agreed strategic, key performance indicators.
  • Review trends and opportunities in society generally and create delivery models that recognise these opportunities to encourage membership and participation growth.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Act in the best interests of the FIH within the ethics and code of conduct expected in the Olympic movement.
  • Ensure that nothing is done, or authorised to be done, that could in any way cause financial harm or threaten the FIH’s financial integrity.
  • Optimise both the short and long-term financial performance of the FIH.
  • Play a full part in enabling the Executive Board (EB) to arrive at balanced and objective decisions in the performance of its agreed role and functions.
  • Share joint-signature responsibility with the President.
  • Ensure the Risk and compliance framework approved by the Board is implemented
  • Report to the Board on the management of risks as required by the Risk Management Policy.
  • Ensure the accuracy, completeness, integrity and disclosure of the organisation’s financial statements through appropriate policies, procedures and internal controls.
  • Ensure the organisation complies with all regulatory and government requirements.
  • Provide any required regulatory or government assurances regarding the organisation and its activities.
  • Ensure appropriate operational policies and procedures are developed, implemented and maintained.

Governance Obligations

  • Ensure the EB is kept fully informed in the manner and frequency it requires to achieve the objectives
  • Attend all EB meetings and Congresses as a participating member of the EB
  • Ensure presentation to the EB for approval proposals for all major expenditure exceeding authority and budget limits
  • Works with the EB to ensure the EB is continually improving its Governance activities and policies and procedures
  • Ensure that adequate systems are in place for monitoring organizational performance and for adequate reporting to all stakeholders

Maintain Strategic Relationships

  • Represent the FIH in a professional and irreproachable manner to all stakeholders
  • Manage relationships with the IOC, ASOIF and similar organisations
  • Enhance the relationship with National Associations and Continental Federations
  • Ensure sponsorship relationships are grown and managed in accordance with the strategy
  • Ensure that all staff and others who represent the FIH do so in a professional manner

Operational Management

  • Uphold and strengthen the integrity of hockey, ensure that the FIH is accountable, transparent, and adheres to the values as set out and defined by the EB and the Olympic movement.
  • Provide leadership and develop all areas of the operation, which includes Performance, operations and Development (in total approx. 35 employees)
  • Develop and retain a senior management team with appropriate skills and experience to achieve FIH’s objectives.
  • Establish annual operational plans through which the strategic objectives may be delivered.
  • Increase sustainable sponsorship, oversee the management of sponsor relationships, build and consolidate reserves and raise other revenues.
  • In conjunction with the EB, set all budgets and manage them efficiently.
  • Ensure the implementation of effective Human Resources practices throughout the FIH.
  • Regularly review the structure of the organization and make recommendations to the EB for changes as necessary. (ie) conducting an organizational audit
  • Ensure policies and provisions are in place to protect the organization and staff from potential liabilities and risks
  • Comply and review policies and procedures


  • Initiate and monitor all aspects of the sport of hockey worldwide to ensure the principles of dignity, integrity and good governance, within the framework of the Olympic Games and of events organized or sanctioned by FIH
  • Ensure management of FIH events as successful commercial entities and attractive sporting events
  • Supervise all FIH Committees and Panels ensuring good cross committee communication

Commercial, Broadcast, Media Rights

  • Develop a coherent commercial strategy to drive revenue into FIH through sponsorship, broadcast and media rights deals and content distribution. Ensure that the FIH is at the cutting-edge in terms of content, fan engagement and innovation.
  • Effect the creation and monetisation of the first Hockey Pro League – experience of previous management of leagues or major events an advantage.

Personal Attributes

  • Leadership qualities, with character and a sense of humour and well presented.
  • Energetic, dynamic, strongly motivated and passionate.
  • Capable of setting high standards of professionalism.
  • Strong business acumen including financial management.
  • High level of honesty and integrity.
  • Creative forward thinker.
  • Good understanding and appreciation of the world of international sport.
  • Strong sense of own identity
  • Mental agility
  • Cross cultural and political savvy
  • Interpersonal maturity
  • Professional astuteness
  • Capable of building a high performing team and organisation

How to Apply

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  • Letter of application highlighting relevant achievements and experience.
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae.

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