Volvo Ocean Race announces Touber as new chief operating officer

Tom Touber has been announced as the new chief operating officer of the Volvo Ocean Race.

48-year-old Touber has significant experience within the sailing competition as both a race-winning team manager and as an executive board member of former Volvo Ocean Race sponsor Brunel International.

According to an official statement, the Dutchman ‘will assume operational responsibilities from race headquarters in Alicante from September 3.’

“I am delighted to welcome Tom on board and I believe his experience, passion and dedication to our Race will further strengthen our position going forward,” said Volvo Ocean Race chief executive Knut Frostad. “The race is standing at one of the most exciting moments in its history, having introduced a new one-design class and several other measures to grow its fleet and improve the sponsor and audience experience even more in the next edition. A strong and dedicated team at the helm of the race is essential and I am looking forward to grabbing this great opportunity with Tom on board which strengthens our top-level management even further.”

Touber added, “After my first experience in the Volvo Ocean Race in 1997, I really got excited about the characteristics of the race. All projects that I was involved in brought more then we expected. I am really excited to be part of the race management now. I am sure that the new phase the Volvo Ocean Race is entering will enhance the competitiveness of the event and make it more attractive than ever.”

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