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WFSGI Elects New President

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MUNICH, Germany – Frank A. Dassler will navigate the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) for the next coming three years. The 57-year-old German was unanimously elected by the WFSGI General Assembly in Munich last week.

WFSGI Elects New President
Frank A. Dassler is the second WFSGI president from Germany after his father Armin Dassler (1986 – 1989). He is the eldest representative of the 3rd generation succeeding Adolf and Rudolf Dassler, the founders of adidas and Puma. – Photo WFSGI

Frank A. Dassler follows Motoi Oyama (Japan), who served as President of WFSGI from 2011 – 2014. Dassler is the second WFSGI president from Germany after his father Armin Dassler (1986 – 1989). Frank A. Dassler is the eldest representative of the third generation succeeding Adolf and Rudolf Dassler, the founders of adidas and Puma.

Dassler who served in several functions within Puma and who is now General Counsel of the adidas Group said: “I am very proud and honoured to have been appointed the 14th president of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry and to step into my father’s footsteps in the spirit of his quest for Free and Fair Trade. I look forward to resolve challenges confronting us on a global level and to boost trends and innovation for our industry and I am excited to work closely with the new Board and the WFSGI staff.”

The WFSGI Board approved its strategic direction for 2014-2017 in its meeting in Munich on January 24, 2014. The most important points are:

  • Free World Trade and free access to the markets emarkable India.
  • WFSGI to serve Asian members and manufacturers through local presence.
  • The WFSGI as “engagement hub”.
  • New Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IOC.
  • Tackle online counterfeit and brand abuse.
  • Motivate children at a very early stage to do sports and physical activity.
  • Continuous promotion of global physical activity.
  • Continue to contribute the services towards members.
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