VETERAN sports administrator, journalist and Zimbabwe Newspapers chairman, Tommy Sithole has been elected to the Global Esports Federation Board as one of the five vice-presidents for the next four years.
Chris Chan is the president and has been given another new lease as the leader.
Sithole, who is also the Zimpapers chairman, will chair the Governance, Ethics and Membership commission while Ramil Aliyev will be the co-chair on membership.
The new GEF board was constituted on Tuesday.
Sithole, who first made it to the GEF leadership in December 2019, is joined by four other vice-presidents, Steven Ma from China, Adrian Lismore from Ireland, Chester King from the UK and Melita N. Moore of the United States.
The 73-year-old Chan of Singapore, who first assumed the role as president in 2019, was elected unanimously for a second term at the 4th GEF general assembly ahead of the Global Esports Games in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Chan’s board provides supervision and guidance to the strategies of the GEF and its executive leadership team and draws experience from experts and global leaders in the realms of esports, sport, technology, and business.
The GEF Board acts as guardians of the GEF values and global ambassadors of the GEF’s vision and mission.
In 2020, Sithole was appointed chairperson of the Global Esports Federation’s Governance and Ethics Commission while fellow Zimbabwean Tyrone Seward came in as the vice-chairperson in the Education, Culture and Wellness Commission.
The GEF has established expert Commissions and Councils as key components of its governance structure with the overarching ambition to inform, guide, drive, and support the development of tangible initiatives and programs that serve the world’s esports community.
With over 160 global leaders and renowned experts from the realms of esports, sport, academia, healthcare, technology, safeguarding, governance, administration, strategy, and business, the Commission and Council members act as the guardians of the GEF values and ambassadors of the GEF’s vision and mission. – Sports Reporter/TheStraitsTimes.