Using the Power of Sport to Change the World

Sean O'Hollaren
Senior Vice President Government & Public Affairs, Nike Inc. / Chairman of the Board, WFSGI

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About the WFSGI

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is the world authoritative body for the sports industry officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the industry representative within the Olympic Family.
The WFSGI is an independent association with no objective of economic character for its own gain and formed by sports and sports-inspired leisure brands, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, national/regional federations, industry and trade associations and all sporting goods industry related businesses.
The WFSGI is composed of Executive and Board members, 8 core Committees and additional working groups which exchange information on various issues and topics. WFSGI Members meet at least once per year in an Ordinary General Assembly called the “Annual Meeting”. The General Assembly approves the budget and strategic direction of the WFSGI as proposed by the Board, and elects the Board, President and Committee members for three year terms.

Services
  • Guidance and Leadership

Members have access to an unparalleled network of major brands, retailers and manufacturers, including direct contact with executives and experts. The exchange of knowledge and expertise that takes place in member events and meetings is an invaluable support for expanding your business.

  • Professional Network

WFSGI Membership builds your professional network across sectors and borders. You will have first access to emerging knowledge and industry changes, and you can gain recognition for your expertise and thought leadership in a particular industry sector or technical specialization.

  • WFSGI Pledge for the FIFA Quality Programme

The WFSGI Pledge for the FIFA Quality Programme is free of charge for WFSGI members and embraces the global production of FIFA licensed products – footballs (FIFA Quality, FIFA Quality Pro and IMS), artificial turf and goal-line technology systems. As part of the FIFA Quality Programme the Pledge shall ascertain that these products are manufactured in compliance with globally recognized labour principles and without the involvement of child labour.

  • Global Sports Jobs (Job Market)

WFSGI’s jobs board allows you to search for vacancies across the global sports industry in cooperation with Global Sports Jobs. The latest jobs are listed on our website, alternatively you can browse jobs by specialist area or location. All members will be given two free job credits per annum. For further special conditions for WFSGI members please contact us.
wfsgi@globalsportsjobs.com

  • Webinars

For our members we offer free webinars with experts and industry leaders on specific topics that are of interest for the industry (and on demand).

  • Access to Information

Active members get first access to emerging knowledge, reports and recommendations that will shape the industry, before its general public release. Other information services include the WFSGI News Alert and industry updates by the Member Only News ; the annual WFSGI Magazine, our communication flagship, and a high-profile source of a expert insights.

  • Technical Support

Members receive free initial advice and discount legal fees at WFSGI Trade Helpdesk & WFSGI Legal Helpdesk; the CR Helpdesk is free.

  • Tradeshow Support

WFSGI members benefit from special exhibitor terms for tradeshows such as ISPO Munich, ISPO Beijing and ISPO Shanghai.

  • Olympics

The WFSGI represents its members vis-à-vis the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Sports Federations (IFs) on any subject of concern for the sporting goods industry including equipment and advertisement regulations. WFSGI is present during Olympic Games to support the members with technical accreditations, tickets for hospitality programmes, and in case of dispute and mediation with the organizing committee, NOCs and/or other stakeholders.

  • Magazine

The WFSGI Magazine is the only high-profile publication in the industry and our communication flagship. High-level authors and experts give insight into industry topics, tendencies and facts. WFSGI’s annual publication gathers articles on important topics for the industry such as the promotion of physical activity & health, corporate responsibility, international trade and manufacturing challenges, bicycle issues.

Board of directors

The Board controls and supervises the management of the WFSGI and may operate by complying with a specific written code of conduct as agreed upon by a simple majority of all board members. In addition to the functions mentioned herein, the Board prepares – among others - proposals relative to By-laws, controls and supervises the use of membership fees and other revenues generated by the WFSGI in the best interest of the WFSGI’s members. It also administers and supervises WFSGI’s programs and prepares the annual budget, including proposals for membership fee changes. It also prepares and approves the strategic direction of the WFSGI.

Board of directors
Chairman of the Board
Sean O'Hollaren

Sean O'Hollaren

Senior Vice President Government & Public Affairs, Nike Inc. / Chairman of the Board, WFSGI

Vice Chairmen of the Board
Tom Cove

Tom Cove

President & CEO, SFIA & Vice-President Americas, WFSGI & Member of the Executive Board, WFSGI

Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin

Chairman, Pentland Brands & Vice-President Europe/Africa, WFSGI & Member of the Executive Board, WFSGI

Motoi Oyama

Motoi Oyama

President & Representative Director, asics & Vice-President Asia/Oceania, WFSGI & Member of the Executive Board, WFSGI

Americas
Peter Bragdon

Peter Bragdon

VP and General Counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company

Killick Datta

Killick Datta

CEO, International Brand Partners LLC

Kevin Plank

Kevin Plank

CEO and Chairman, Under Armour

Asia / Oceania
Masatoshi Ishimoto

Masatoshi Ishimoto

President, Descente

Li Hua

Li Hua

Vice President & Secretary General, CSGF

Rajesh Kharabanda

Rajesh Kharabanda

Joint Managing Director and CEO, Freewill representing SGEPC

George Wood

George Wood

Chairman / Honorary President, TBS Company representing TSMA

Khawaja Masood Akhtar

Khawaja Masood Akhtar

President, SCCI

Europe / Africa
Martin Kuenzi

Martin Kuenzi

CFO, WFSGI Treasurer, Intersport International Corp.

Jeroen Snijders Blok

Jeroen Snijders Blok

COO, Accell Group

Alberto Zanatta

Alberto Zanatta

COO, Tecnica Group

Frank Dassler

Frank Dassler

General Counsel, adidas & Past President, WFSGI

Björn Gulden

Björn Gulden

CEO, Puma

Executive Nomination
Philip Chen

Philip Chen

Executive Director, Apache Footwear

Klaus Dittrich

Klaus Dittrich

Chairman and CEO, Messe Munich GmbH

John Larsen

John Larsen

President Emeritus, New Balance

Michel Perraudin

Michel Perraudin

Owner, MP Consulting

Marius Rovers

Marius Rovers

Executive Board Member, Sport 2000 International

James Zheng

James Zheng

President Executive Director, Anta Sports Products Limited

Ex Officio
Robbert de Kock

Robbert de Kock

WFSGI President / CEO, WFSGI

Jochen Schaefer

Jochen Schaefer

Legal Counsel, WFSGI


Staff
Robbert de Kock

Robbert de Kock

WFSGI President / CEO rdekock@wfsgi.org

Jochen Schaefer

Jochen Schaefer

Legal Counsel

Edwin Vermulst

Edwin Vermulst

Trade Counsel

Stefanie Burkert

Stefanie Burkert

Vice President, External & Strategic Affairs, Communication sburkert@wfsgi.org

Marc-Ivar Magnus

Marc-Ivar Magnus

Vice President, Trade, Corporate Responsibility and Legal mmagnus@wfsgi.org

Charlotte Giudicelli

Charlotte Giudicelli

Head of Legal cgiudicelli@wfsgi.org

Karolina Brazyte

Karolina Brazyte

Trade and Corporate Responsibility Coordinator kbrazyte@wfsgi.org

Simone Ramsauer

Simone Ramsauer

Head of Events sramsauer@wfsgi.org

Jurgis Grigorjevs

Jurgis Grigorjevs

Bicycle, IF and Membership Manager jgrigorjevs@wfsgi.org

Dhyana van der Pols

Dhyana van der Pols

Head of Textile Innovation and Manufacturing

Lilian Wyss

Lilian Wyss

Event & Communication Supporter lwyss@wfsgi.org

Sven Molenaar

Sven Molenaar

Communication & Event Supporter smolenaar@wfsgi.org

Lu Xiankun

Lu Xiankun

Senior Executive Director China Strategies lxiankun@wfsgi.org

Members

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