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WFSGI Members Elect New Bicycle Committees Chairmen

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BERN, Switzerland – The members of World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) elected Bernhard Johanni (right) as Technical Committee Chairman and Tim Gerrits (left) as Wheel Committee Chairman.

WFSGI Members Elect New Bicycle Committees Chairmen
Bernhard Johanni of SRAM (right) Tim Gerrits of Shimano (left). – Photo WFSGI

Bernhard Johanni (48) who succeeds Dirk Bruynseraede from Ridley as WFSGI Bicycle Technical Committee Chairman works for SRAM. After he did his Master degree in mechanical engineering at Technical University of Munich in 1993 he started as Design Engineer for bicycle components at Mannesmann Sachs AG and later as director of product development for SRAM Europe.

As of 2013 Johanni is member of the general management team of SRAM Germany GmbH. Additionally to his work at SRAM Johanni also serves as member of the bicycle standard working groups at ISO and CEN. He will be supported by his Vice-Chairmen Claudio Marra (FSA) and Mark Schroeder (Specialized).

Tim Gerrits who succeeds Josh Poertner from Zipp as WFSGI Bicycle Wheel Committee Chairman. The 39 year old Gerrits has been working for Shimano for 16 years in various product management positions. During the last few years he has worked as a product coordinator for high-end Road and MTB components. He has been involved in the development of Shimano wheel systems from the start.

New committee members

Other new WFSGI Bicycle committee members are Paul Lew from Reynolds Cycling who will join the Wheel Committee as a Vice-Chairmen and gets in line with the two other Vice-Chairmen Martin Walthert (DT Swiss) and Pierre-Jean Martin (Corima).

“The WFSGI can be proud to draw on Committee members who can display such a long industry experience, high technical know-how and an excellent network. These are important factors to continue our work with the UCI and to tackle the tasks that are ahead of us,” says Robbert de Kock, Secretary General of the WFSGI.

All candidates are supported by the WFSGI Bicycle Committees, representing 58 bicycle brands.