IAAF Appoints Richard Welland as President

IAAF has appointed WAI UK managing director Richard Welland as its new president, taking over from Terry Knox who stepped down at IAAF’s AGM on 11 February.

Richard Welland is the managing director of one of the UK’s largest auto electrical suppliers, WAI.

With extensive experience in the automotive industry and a proven track record of growing each business he has worked in, managed and owned, he has presided over numerous mergers and acquisitions, as well as being a pioneer in breaking down the boundaries over supply and price issues. He has also been an active IAAF council member and treasurer for more than 10 years.

In the past year, Welland has been instrumental in ensuring the automotive aftermarket can continue to trade and operate safely during the pandemic bringing to market bespoke solutions in the Steri-7 vehicle sanitiser kit and Steri-7 retail bottle.

On his new appointment, Welland said: “I am truly honoured to be elected president and believe the IAAF represents the very best of our industry. It is important, more than ever, that the industry unites under the Federation as it continues to operate in an environment of a post-Brexit trade deal, legislative changes and the coronavirus pandemic.”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, added: “Richard’s enthusiasm for the automotive aftermarket and IAAF activities is so important as the entire industry faces its most challenging time. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Richard, the board and the wider IAAF council on protecting the rights of the automotive aftermarket.”