NEW YORK: CONCACAF has held the first meeting of its newly created Integrity Committee in New York City.

The committee was presented with CONCACAF’s Terms of Reference and will have the task to review and report past practices to the Executive Committee in order to ensure clarity regarding all pending issues within the confederation.

The recently announced committee, with representatives from each region of the confederation, will meet regularly over the coming months.

“This meeting marks the beginning of the independent review process requested by members of the Confederation during the Congress inBudapest,” said CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, who revealed the names of the three-member committee after a meeting of the confederation’s Executive Committee last Thursday inMexico City. “We have invited the most qualified and reputable individuals in their fields to assist us in the fulfillment of our vision of integrity, transparency and accountability, which will help us build a transparent structure and allow our region to grow.”

The Integrity Committee is comprised of Sir David Simmons, who served as the 12th Chief Justice of Barbados from 2002 to 2010; Judge Ricardo Urbina, a retired United States District Court Judge for the District of Columbia; and Ernesto Hempe, a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who has over 30 years of financial experience.

These highly regarded individuals, who have an impeccable track record in their respective fields of work, will act independently of the confederation and its Executive Committee.

“It was beneficial to meet with President Jeffrey Webb and the other members of the Integrity Committee today,” said Sir David Simmons, the committee’s chairman. “This was the first step towards an important process and I am pleased that CONCACAF is approaching such matters in a responsible manner as it sets an ethical standard for its new governance.”


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