The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) has appointed Shellie Pfohl, former Executive Director of the US President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition and CEO of the US Centre for SafeSport, and Emma McClarkin, former Member of the European Parliament, to its Executive Committee.

Pfohl will undertake the role of Special Advisor for SIGA America, a new subsidiary that is currently being established focused on bringing the organization`s reformist vision and integrity proposals to the US, one of its strategic priorities for 2019.

She is, said the alliance, uniquely positioned to carry out this role after having previously held high responsibilities at both the United States Government and Sport Movement, firstly as Executive Director of the President’s Council, appointed by President Barack Obama, and, subsequently, as CEO of the US Center for SafeSport.

McClarkin, SIGA’s new Director for Global Sports Policy, is a highly skilled political communications leader with vast experience in international affairs. During her two terms as a Member of the European Parliament (2009-2019), she developed high level relations with several Governments, EU institutions, international institutions, as well as industry and civil society, including sport.

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, CEO of SIGA, stated: “I am delighted to welcome Shellie and Emma to SIGA`s Executive Committee. Step by step, with strategic vision, sharp sense of opportunity and hard work, we are delivering what we promised and leading by example. With the additions of Shellie and Emma we now have three exceptional female leaders in the highest executive body of our organisation. A great team, better equipped and better positioned than ever to deliver our ambitious reform agenda. I look forward to working with them.”

Pfohl said: “I am excited to join SIGA as a special advisor. We are committed to bring the SIGA universal standards on good governance, financial integrity, sports betting integrity and protection of minors in sport to the United States. As never before, sports in the US and around the world face challenges on these issues. SIGA is an independent source to assist sport organizations, sponsors, and all those in the industry that have an interest in ensuring that sport is clean to protect and preserve its social role for future generations. I look forward to working with sport organizations at every level to do just that.”

McClarkin commented: “I am delighted to be joining the executive team at SIGA as Director of Global Sports Policy, as they enter a new and exciting phase. Strengthening Sport Integrity globally is our aim and one that I passionately share. I look forward to working with SIGA to combat corruption, shape policy and work with all stakeholders to put Sport Integrity at the top of the agenda.”