For the first time in its history, the global soccer organization FIFA announced on Friday it has created a chief compliance officer position and hired a U.S.-educated lawyer to fill the newly minted role.
Edward Hanover, who obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000, has been based in Singpapore for the past year, working as the head of compliance in emerging markets for Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
In joining FIFA, he enters an organization that has been plagued by scandal and an ongoing criminal investigation in the U.S. into whether top officials accepted bribes in exchange for the organizations media and marketing contracts. Dozens of people have already been indicted as part of a sting, and more arrests may likely come, an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn told a judge in August.
In addition to hiring Hanover, FIFA also announced it had appointed PwC as it new auditor, replacing KPMG which stepped down in June. The announcements tie into what FIFA described as a package of reforms that the scandal-plagued organization has adopted.
Hanover will report to FIFA’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura, and begin work in October.
He was not immediately available for comment.
At Takeda, Hanover said on his LinkedIn page, he oversaw the Japanese pharmaceutical company’s operations in “China, Asia-Pacific, Near-East, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and Russia” and managed a team of 50 compliance professionals.
Before joining Takeda in 2015, he spent seven years at Novo Nordisk in a variety of roles, including time in New Jersey overseeing “business ethics litigation” in the U.S., which would include matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Eventually, he moved to Zurich and managed 30 lawyers in the 14 countries, responsible for ensuring compliance in emerging markets.
He is also a former associate at Reed Smith and Dechert. Rather than using a standard head shot on his LinkedIn page, Hanover had a photo of stone faces from Angkor Wat, the sprawling temple complex in Cambodia that dates to the 12th century.
We wondered what the deal was? We’ll update this post if we find out.