Matthias Remund Appointed as New FISU Secretary General, Succeeding Eric Saintrond

In a significant development for the International University Sports Federation (FISU), Matthias Remund has been named as the incoming Secretary General to succeed Eric Saintrond, who has held the position for over four decades. Remund, currently serving as the Director of Switzerland’s Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO), will commence his role at FISU on January 1, 2025.

The announcement was made by FISU President Leonz Eder, who expressed confidence in the new leadership trio comprising Remund as Secretary General, Paulo Ferreira as Deputy Secretary General/COO, and Fernando Parente as Deputy Secretary General/CDO. The trio is tasked with ushering FISU into a new era of growth and modernization.

Remund, a seasoned executive with vast experience in various fields including federal administration, sports politics, and international management, expressed his enthusiasm for his new role. Graduating in law from the University of Bern and with a track record of strategic management and process reengineering, Remund is poised to bring fresh perspectives to FISU’s operations.

“I am convinced of the huge potential of both FISU and university sport,” Remund stated, emphasizing the unique role FISU plays in fostering international cooperation and personal development through sport. “What FISU does, nobody else can,” he added, highlighting the organization’s commitment to quality and collaboration with global sports bodies.

Reflecting on his tenure, outgoing Secretary General Eric Saintrond praised FISU’s growth over the years and expressed confidence in the new management team. Saintrond highlighted the need for a modern organizational structure to align with FISU’s expanding operations, a sentiment echoed by President Eder.

Paulo Ferreira and Fernando Parente are set to assume their new positions on July 1, 2024, ahead of Remund’s arrival in January 2025. The transition marks a pivotal moment for FISU as it evolves to meet the demands of a changing sporting landscape.

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