In a reshuffle at the helm of UAE Team ADQ, Maria Camila Garcia ascends to the role of Chief Executive Officer after her tenure as Head of Strategy since 2021. This appointment reflects a transition in leadership following the recent restructuring of the team. Melissa Moncada, the predecessor, will now serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the team.
Garcia’s ascent to CEO is built upon a foundation of a decade’s experience in managing multifaceted organisations across a variety of global areas, encompassing regions like Colombia, Mexico, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and China. Recognised for her transformative initiatives in the cycling sector, Garcia is no stranger to leadership, having spearheaded growth and strategic developments. Her appointment marks a commitment to nurturing female talent within the sport, fostering a new generation of women’s cycling stars.
Speaking on her new role, Garcia expressed her honour and enthusiasm to steer UAE Team ADQ through its forthcoming growth phase, emphasising her dedication to young female talent and her ambition to mould UAE Team ADQ into a leading women’s cycling team that inspires pride within its ranks. There has been a noticeable rise in the rankings from the team since becoming UAE Team ADQ compared to the previous Ale BTC Cipollini team. Riders like Chiara Consonni and Silvia Persico have helped to boost the team’s strength.
From the board’s perspective, Melissa Moncada warmly welcomed Garcia’s new position, commending her ‘human-centric leadership’ and a shared vision for the team’s future. Moncada’s endorsement highlighted a confident outlook that Garcia’s stewardship will channel the team towards greater international triumphs and fulfil the strategic objectives set forth.
Adding to the team’s forward momentum, UAE Team ADQ wrapped up its second annual Abu Dhabi Boot Camp, a week from October 19 to 24. This intense training and cultural programme united the 16-strong rider team for 2024. The team says the camp helped to ‘amplify their spirits and resolve as they ready themselves for the 2024 season’.