On April 15, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (the World Air Sports Federation) announced that its Executive Board named Markus Haggeney as the new FAI Secretary General. Haggeney, whom the FAI appointed acting secretary general last year, formally accepted the position. A native of Germany, Haggeney competed internationally in ballooning championships and then became an event organizer, official and director. He joined the FAI as sports and events director in 2014. In that capacity, he successfully drove air sports forward and cultivated ties with Federation stakeholders.
Haggeney said, “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take up this new challenge. With the FAI office, and in collaboration with all the FAI community, the objective is now to ensure that FAI gets stronger and stronger as an organization. Stabilization and consolidation are the key words for the times ahead.”