Cornel Marculescu is the long-time Executive Director of FINA and a member of the FINA Board of Directors. He oversees pool swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, and open water swimming for FINA, the world's governing body of aquatics.
He received the 2001 Paragon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame and an Honour Contributor in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He was a water polo player for Romania in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and has taken part in every Olympic Summer Games since in various roles. He is ultimately responsible for all FINA open water swimming events including clinics, Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km, FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, World Swimming Championships and the World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships and the FINA response in the aftermath of the death of Fran Crippen.