ZURICH—FIFA, the governing body for international soccer, has a new director of communications and public affairs, Hans Klaus, who joins from his current position as director of global corporate communications and corporate social responsibility at Japan Tobacco, an international company based in Geneva. He previously headed the information service of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice & Police, and before that was a media spokesperson for Swissair for eight years.
Andreas Herren, FIFA's long-serving head of media who has been acting as the director of the communications and public affairs division since September 2007, will continue in this role until Klaus joins FIFA before accepting a new position elsewhere. He will, however, continue to offer his services to FIFA until ongoing projects have been completed or handed over to other executives.
Nicolas Maingot is now the head of the FIFA media department. Maingot has been employed by FIFA as a media officer since 2001, and previously held a similar position at the French football association.