Thomas Kurth appointed UIM Secretary General

A former leading official with footballing governing body UEFA has been appointed as the Union Internationale Motonautique’s (UIM) new Secretary General, reports Richard Carr.

Changes at the top of UIM

Thomas Kurth (pictured above left) has been appointed into the position, which was announced during the UIM Council Meeting in Ibiza, Spain, a day ahead of the organisation’s General Assembly.

Between 1990 and 2000, Kurth was head of competitions at UEFA and was heavily involved in the creation of the Champions League. A competition regarded as the pinnacle of club football.

After successfully assisting in the launch of the European club competition, the Swiss set up and headed the G14 Grouping of major European Football Clubs between 2000 and 2008. He later took on the role of independent consultant, focusing on governance issues, strategic development, project and event management within the sports industry.

President cites Kurth’s understanding of International Federations

During the announcement, UIM President Dr. Chiulli highlighted Kurth’s experience and understanding of International Federations.

He said: “I am delighted to welcome Thomas Kurth as our new Secretary General. In the few months he has been conducting the affairs of the UIM Office as a Commissioner he has achieved excellent results.

“His leadership and extensive skillset will be an asset for UIM and its Head Office on our way to take this Federation to greater heights.”

Kurth joined the UIM as a special commissioner in July following the departure of former secretary general Andrea Dini. During the four months since his appointment, Kurth has been in charge of staff and operations at the UIM headquarters in Monaco.

Speaking about his appointment, the Swiss-native said: “I would like to thank the UIM President and the Council members for their confidence.

“I am looking forward to leading the UIM staff and the Federation’s operations and will spare no efforts in offering the Powerboating Community the quality services they expect and deserve.”

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.