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DFL managing director Christian Seifert has been elected chairman of the supervisory board of Deutsche Sporthilfe as planned and is due to take over the post on October 1st.
Sporthilfe announced on Friday about this unanimous election of Werner E. Klatten's successor.
»I would like to thank the members of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Trustees of Sporthilfe for their trust.
The Deutsche Sporthilfe provides an indispensable part of the support of athletes in the international top or on the way there, «said Seifert, who will leave the German Football League at the end of the year.
It was clear since May that he should take over the post at Sporthilfe.
The promotion of role models in sport »to further improve their chances of sporting success and thus to set positive impulses for society continues to be the central task for the board, the team and all bodies of Sporthilfe«, explained the 52 Years old Seifert.
Predecessor Klatten, who is leaving the post due to age, expressly praised the functionary.
"His great experience in the interplay of top-class sport and business, his ideas and his extensive network will help to successfully continue the path that Sporthilfe has chosen," said Klatten, who is now to become honorary chairman.
Seifert is "one of the most prominent managers in Germany."
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