MIAMI: Former Davis Cup tennis player Philippe Moggio has been named as new general secretary of CONCACAF, the first major appointment since Canadian Victor Montagliani was elected as president earlier this month.

French-Canadian Moggio represented Colombia in the world team tennis tournament before building a career in banking and becoming the senior vice-president for Latin America of the North American NBA basketball league.

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football has been without a general secretary since the sacking of Enrique Sanz following allegations arising out of the Unted States’ FIFAGate corruption case.

Moggio, who starts work on June 13, takes over from Ted Howard who has been acting general secretary  since Sanz was granted ‘indefinite leave’ in May of last year. He will reportedly be paid $1m-a-year., a superior package to Montagliani.

CONCACAF is tryjng to rebuild after the last three presidents – Jack Warner, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – were all indicted over the FIFAGate scandal. Webb is due to be sentenced by a New York court on June 3.

Montagliani said: “As the confederation continues reforming its corporate governance structure, the key appointment of Philippe Moggio as general secretary adds yet another layer of stability to our business operations, allowing us to better serve our member associations, partners and fans of the world’s greatest game.

“Philippe is an outstanding leader who brings a broad vision, passion, creativity, and strong sports marketing experience that will enable the confederation to continue developing football throughout the region.”