Jean Gracia is to fill the role while the world governing body undertakes the process of appointing a permanent chief executive and general secretary

European Athletics vice-president Jean Gracia has been appointed as interim chief executive and general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body has announced.

Gracia, who is a former general director of the French athletics federation, will take on the role while the IAAF undertakes the process of making a permanent appointment.

Following his election as IAAF president last year, Seb Coe began a “comprehensive review of the organisational structure of the IAAF” and the governing body states that this process will be concluded with the appointment of a new chief executive officer and general secretary.

A shortlist of international candidates is being drawn-up, with the IAAF hopeful that it will be in a position to make an appointment by the middle of the year.

Until then, Gracia will support the day-to-day operations of the IAAF in Monaco.

“Jean Gracia, who is a former general secretary of the French Federation and a current vice president of European Athletics, brings vast experience and will assist the continued smooth running of the association in the interim,” said Coe.

“He will act as the focal point for all our member federations and partners, and support me with work involving the executive board and council.”