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Global Esports Federation (GEF) has appointed Paul J. Foster as its first CEO.

Foster has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the federation since last April. He has been instrumental in overseeing the Singapore-based organisation’s advance since its worldwide launch in December 2019 – the GEF now counting more than 80 Member Federations and well over 100 partnerships.

Such growth, amid a global pandemic, is a testament both to Foster’s capability and capacity and to the demand the GEF has confronted, Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation said. He added that the GEF intends in the coming months to launch initiatives to power up recruitment and enhance diversity, equality, and inclusion with a mandate to increase size and scale.

“With esports becoming increasingly relevant both to the broader economy and to the development of many countries, the GEF is poised for tremendous growth. The GEF Board and I trust in Paul’s vision and leadership,” Chan said.

“The GEF offers a global, inclusive, and connected platform. When we began this journey, we had a framework for potential, a bunch of ideas. We simply said, everyone is welcome, a notion of radical inclusivity. We engaged constantly, guided only by a set of values. From that naturally came a spirit of boundless innovation. That drives our work,” Foster said.

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