The International Korfball Federation has appointed Mr Tilbert La Haye as its CEO. Mr La Haye (39) is from Delft (Netherlands) and will start leading the IKF’s operations from June 1, 2016. The appointment follows approval of the IKF growth strategy by the organization’s General Meeting last November, and the subsequently started recruitment process for the IKF’s first CEO.
Mr La Haye has degrees in Physical Education and Organization and Management. He has worked as a sports teacher, professional korfball coach, and as project manager for major elite and grass roots sports events in the Netherlands, Spain, and Colombia. He joins the IKF from the City of The Hague, where he has been employed as a Senior Consultant in the Department of Sports.
IKF President Jan Fransoo: “We are very pleased with Tilbert La Haye joining our organization. He will have a key responsibility in enhancing the professionalism in the support processes in our office to increase the quality of service to the IKF volunteers and the national korfball associations, and ensuring the realization of our strategic initiatives. These include the rapid growth of korfball4 with a major event or event series on the beach or on hard court, and the initiation of a management development program for our national organizations. His enthusiasm, energy, and experience will be a major driving force for the growth of korfball”.
Tilbert La Haye: “In the last 10 years I have been involved in different levels of korfball development and performance. Everywhere I came, from Asia to South America and Europe, I was surprised by the enormous passion that people have for korfball. This passion and the great potential I see in korfball to grow, are the main reasons I take on this challenge. A great honor! I specially look forward to work together with all 67 national federations of the IKF to help to develop korfball to a stronger and more professional sport with the Olympic Games as a final destination.”