The International Olympic Council has appointed Christopher Carroll in newly-established role as director of digital engagement.
Carrol will become the director of digital engagement at the International Olympic Committee next month. The US-born communications and market expert, who has spent most of his professional life in various countries and cultures, will take over the newly-established role on October 16, 2019.
He will join the senior leadership team based in Lausanner, and will report to the IOC Director General. As the IOC is looking to further extend its direct digital engagement with fans globally, in close cooperation with the Olympic Channel, Mr Carroll will play a key role in this transformation. A first step will be taken already for the upcoming Olympic Games, with the international part of the Tokyo 2020 website and app being provided to the Organising Committee by a joint team at the IOC and the Olympic Channel.
Mr Carroll brings extensive experience building iconic brands and leading digitally innovative, fully-integrated global media programmes. He joins the IOC from 90/24 Media in Amsterdam, where he was a Managing Partner and Chief Commercial Officer. Before that, he worked in various marketing and communications positions for global brands such as Under Armour, Heineken International and The Coca-Cola Company, and has a deep understanding of the Olympic brand and the Olympic Movement. In his previous marketing leadership roles, Christopher led a digital-first approach across digital channels to establish connections with consumers worldwide. He has considerable experience of marketing in the tech world, using data-driven marketing for the delivery of digital and social media programming to global sports fans.
“I welcome Christopher Carroll to the IOC. He will help us to further strengthen our digital fan engagement during and between the Olympic Games. The IOC will use this opportunity to develop a new communications structure, with clear roles and responsibilities in the different fields of communication,” said IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper.