April 1, 2016
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WADA announces changes to Management Team

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce changes to its Management Team.

Robert Koehler, currently Senior Director, Education and NADO/RADO Relations, is appointed WADA’s Deputy Director General with immediate effect.   In addition to maintaining his current responsibilities, Robert will work closely with the Director General and the new Chief Operating Officer in leading the strategy and operations of WADA. He will ensure that the Agency’s strategy and operations are aligned and being fulfilled in accordance with the Strategic Plan.

Frédéric Donzé, currently Director of WADA’s European Regional Office and International Federation Relations in Lausanne, is appointed WADA’s new Chief Operating Officer.  In this role, Frédéric will work closely with the Director General and the Deputy Director General in leading the management and administration of WADA; and, will be responsible for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of WADA’s operations.  Frédéric will relocate to Montreal and assume the role effective 3 October 2016.  His replacement in Lausanne will be named in due course.

As announced on 18 November 2015, Olivier Niggli, who has held the role of Chief Operating Officer since 2014, succeeds long-standing Director General, David Howman, on 1 July 2016. 


“I am thrilled that Robert Koehler and Frédéric Donzé have agreed to take on these new mandates,” said Olivier Niggli. “With their depth of knowledge of, and experience with, WADA and the broader anti-doping industry, I feel very confident that our management team will be armed and able to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead to protect the clean athlete,” he concluded.