The FIA has appointed a replacement for Olivier Fisch, the governing body's outgoing Director of Communications, RacingNews365.com understands.
Staff were advised by way of an internal memorandum that Luke Skipper, who draws on 17 years' experience in a variety of multi-disciplinary communications and political roles, has been appointed FIA Director of Communications and Public Affairs.
Selected after an open and international search process, Skipper will report directly to the FIA's CEO, a recently created position. A senior motor industry executive with experience across a number of global brands is said to have been appointed to the role, details of which will be announced shortly.
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The CEO role, promised by President Mohammed Ben Sulayem as part of his pre-election manifesto, has been created to introduce stability within the governing body, which has been susceptible to changes of senior personnel with each four-year presidential cycle.
Skipper, who was born in Canada, will lead both the Sport and Mobility Communications teams with a brief to "create a new Federation-wide communication and public affairs strategy which will help cement the FIA as the global voice of motor sport and mobility".
He joins the FIA from global communications giant Weber Shandwick, where he oversaw a number of accounts including that of Motorsport UK, the British motorsport authority, and retail giant Amazon. Prior to that Skipper held political appointments with the Scottish National Party and within the European Parliament.
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