WFSGI general assembly elects first co-chairs

01 Feb '20
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Motoi Oyama-san, chair and CEO, representative director Asics Corp and James Zheng, executive director and president of Anta Sports Products China, were both elected for a three-year term as co-chairs of a renewed board at the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industries (WFSGI) General Assembly in Munich, Germany on January 29, 2020.

Oyama and Zheng took over from Sean O’Hollaren, senior vice president, government and public affairs at Nike Inc. O’Hollaren remains on the WFSGI Board as the immediate past chair and a representative for Americas.

Oyama and Zheng were automatically elected as member of the executive board and as representatives for Asia/Oceania in accordance with By-Law 10.4.

The new co-chair structure is an ideal match when it comes to the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020 in Japan and the Beijing Olympic Winter Games 2022 in China. As an IOC Recognized Organization and with a chair coming from each country, the WFSGI is well placed to deliver the right support to the industry and the Olympic movement. 

“We will work closely with the IOC to determine the best way to maximise our organisation’s synergies for the benefit of the industry, the athletes and the Olympic Movement. We will also seek to build on our existing engagement and collaboration with the International Federations and ensure that our industry can continue to support our athletes in performance and health, and through promotion. Our industry is one of the largest product suppliers to National Olympic Committees during the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. We are also proud to say that 77 NOC’s and around 600 athletes will receive free of charge competition uniforms from 12 WFSGI members through an IOC and WFSGI solidarity initiative called the ‘NOC Uniform Support Programme’. The Programme, now in its third edition, is designed to help athletes whose NOC’s are either unable to procure sponsors or afford products that comply with the Olympic Games’ Rule 50. The Programme therefore ensures the supported NOC’s athletes are able to focus their efforts on their performance in the Games with pride and without fear that their team uniforms are non-compliant,” said O’Hollaren in a company press release.

Tom Cove, president and CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), and Andy Rubin, chair of Pentland Brands Ltd, will continue as vice-chair for the Americas and Europe/Africa. Robbert de Kock will remain the president and CEO of the WFSGI.

Oyama joined Asics Corp in 1982. In 2001, he was chosen as president and COO of Asics Europe BV and in 2005 he became chair and CEO of Asics Europe BV. In 2008 he became president and representative director of Asics Corp. Since 2011, Oyama leads the Asics Corp as CEO and since 2017, he is also chosen as chair of Asics Corp. He graduated at faculty of business, Osaka City University.

Zheng joined the Anta Group in October 2008 and has over 15 years of experience in the field of marketing management, including over eight years in the China division of an international sportswear brand as the sales vice president and the general manager. Zheng holds a bachelor’s degree in management science from Shanghai Fudan University.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (PC)

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