The secretary-general and chief executive of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), Alex McLin has resigned after three years in the post.

He has been replaced by Belgian secretary-general Ingmar De Vos, who also leads the European Equestrian Federation.

FEI President HRH Princess Haya said: “I am truly indebted to Alex for his hard work and dedication over the last three years.

“He brought the FEI into the modern era and made it much more professional.”

In a resignation letter delivered to Princess Haya on 1 April, McLin said he was thankful to have served in her first term as President.

“I have enjoyed being an agent of change within an organisation that we together sought to modernise and take to a new level,” he wrote.

“I have also enjoyed tackling the complex issues facing the FEI and attempting to find ways to improve its approach, its service to the sport and its stakeholders,” he added.

Mr De Vos has experience of organising international jumping competitions and was chef de mission for the Belgian equestrian team at all recent World Championships and Olympic Games.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Ingmar’s calibre join the FEI team,” Princess Haya said.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (14 April, 2011)