Using the Power of Sport to Change the World

Robbert de Kock
WFSGI President / CEO, 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 a three year terms.

Member Benefits and Services
  • Guidance and Leadership

WFSGI 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 at member events and meetings is an invaluable support for the expansion of your business.

 

  • Professional Network

The WFSGI Membership builds your professional network across sectors and borders.

You will have first access to emerging knowledge and industry changes.

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.

 

  • Webinars

WFSGI Members are offered free webinars with experts and industry leaders on specific topics that are of interest for the industry (on demand).

 

  • Access to Information

Active WFSGI 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 Newsletter, as well as the annual WFSGI Magazine - our communication flagship - and a high-profile source of expert insights.

 

  • Technical Support

WFSGI Members receive free initial advice and discount legal fees from the WFSGI Trade and Legal Helpdesk.

Advice from the Sustainability Helpdesk is fully free of charge.

 

  • Tradeshow Support

WFSGI Members benefit from special exhibitor terms for tradeshows such as: ISPO Munich, ISPO Beijing and ISPO Shanghai, among others.

 

  • 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.

The 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.

 

  • WFSGI 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 and health, sustainability, international trade and manufacturing challenges as well as 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
Chairs of the Board
Motoi Oyama

Motoi Oyama

Chair and CEO, Representative Director, WFSGI

James Zheng

James Zheng

President and Executive Director, Anta Sports Products Limited

Vice Chair of the Board
Tom Cove

Tom Cove

President and CEO SFIA - Sports and Fitness Industry Association, WFSGI Vice-President Americas, WFSGI Member of the Executive Board, WFSGI

Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin

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

Americas
Peter Bragdon

Peter Bragdon

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company

Colin Browne

Colin Browne

Chief Operating Officer, Under Armour

Gumercindo Neto

Gumercindo Neto

President, RG3 Consulting

Robert Margevicius

Robert Margevicius

Executive Vice President, Specialized Bicycle Components

Dave Wheeler

Dave Wheeler

Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain, New Balance Shoe, Inc.

Asia / Oceania
Rajesh Kharabanda

Rajesh Kharabanda

Managing Director, NIVIA representing SGEPC

George Wood

George Wood

Chairman / Honorary President, TBS Company representing TSMA

Nouman Butt

Nouman Butt

Director Marketing and Development, Capital Sports representing SCCI

Li Hua

Li Hua

President, CSGF

Shuichi Koseki

Shuichi Koseki

President, Descente

Europe / Africa
Martin Kuenzi

Martin Kuenzi

CFO, WFSGI Treasurer, Intersport International Corp.

Alberto Zanatta

Alberto Zanatta

President, TECNICA GROUP SPA

Johan Adamsson

Johan Adamsson

Director of Sports Marketing & Sports Licensing & General Manager, PUMA International Sports Marketing B.V. , Puma SE

Manuel Pauser

Manuel Pauser

Senior Directo Global Government Affairs, Global Legal & Compliance, adidas

Executive Nomination
Klaus Dittrich

Klaus Dittrich

Chairman and CEO, Messe Munich GmbH

John Larsen

John Larsen

John Larsen President Emeritus, Inc. and Director New Balance UK, WFSGI Honorary President, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

Michel Perraudin

Michel Perraudin

Owner, MP Consulting

Marius Rovers

Marius Rovers

Executive Board Member, Sport 2000 International

Simon Cheng

Simon Cheng

Vice President, Apache Footwear

Frank Dassler

Frank Dassler

Senior Partner and CEO of Anwaltskanzlei Dassler, WFSGI past President, WFSGI

Akito Mizuno

Akito Mizuno

President, JASPO

Charles Yang

Charles Yang

Chief Operating Officer, Victory Group

Jeroen Snijders Blok

Jeroen Snijders Blok

COO, Accell Group

Killick Datta

Killick Datta

CEO, International Brand Partners LLC

Colin Li

Colin Li

CEO, Li Ning Sporting Goods Co. Ltd.

Didier Morelle

Didier Morelle

Purchasing Director, Decathlon

Past President/Chair
Sean O'Hollaren

Sean O'Hollaren

Senior Vice President Government and Public Affairs, Immediate past WFSGI Chair, WFSGI

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

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

Emma P. Mason

Emma P. Mason

Vice President for Strategic and External Affairs emason@wfsgi.org

Celina Schlapbach

Celina Schlapbach

Head of Communication cschlapbach@wfsgi.org

Mark Barfield

Mark Barfield

Head of Bicycle and Membership

Skype : wfsgi.mbarfield - mbarfield@wfsgi.org

Karolina Brazyte

Karolina Brazyte

Trade and Corporate Responsibility Coordinator kbrazyte@wfsgi.org

Loredana Morgillo

Loredana Morgillo

Head of Events lmorgillo@wfsgi.org

Lu Xiankun

Lu Xiankun

Senior Executive Director China Strategies lxiankun@wfsgi.org

Marc Baudin

Marc Baudin

Auditor & Accountant

Océane Barras

Océane Barras

Finance

Stéphane Jones

Stéphane Jones

Finance

Members

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