Philippe Moggio (Getty Images)

(WFI) The governing body for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean is welcoming a new full-time general secretary.

Philippe Moggio is the choice of the new CONCACAF Council and will begin his duties effective June 13. Moggio joins CONCACAF from the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Latin America and the Caribbean.

As general secretary, Moggio will act as the chief executive officer for CONCACAF, leading its daily business and operations. He succeeds Ted Howard, the acting general secretary since May 2015.

The announcement was made on May 26, two weeks after Victor Montagliani was elected president, filling a position that had been vacant since December.

Jeffrey Webb was kicked out of office last May. His interim replacement Alfredo Hawit lasted until December. Both men have pleaded guilty to corruption charges tied to a widespread FIFA bribery case and await sentencing.

Montagliani, in a statement, said “As the Confederation continues reforming its corporate governance structure, the key appointment of Philippe Moggio as General Secretary, adds yet another layer of stability to our business operations, allowing us to better serve our Member Associations, partners and fans of the world’s greatest game.

“Philippe is an outstanding leader who brings a broad vision, passion, creativity, and strong sports marketing experience that will enable the Confederation to continue developing football throughout the region.”

CONCACAF will hope that Moggio, a French-Colombian native, can produce some of the same results he managed while working for the NBA. He oversaw what CONCACAF calls “unprecedented commercial and developmental success in Latin America and the Caribbean” during his time with the league.

Moggio played tennis professionally from 1995-1998, representing Colombia in the Davis Cup. He worked for almost 10 years in investment banking in the U.S. and Latin America before joining the NBA.

By INSIDER Gerard Farek

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