WFSGI elects new chairman and adjusts structure

first_imgSean O’Hollaren, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs at Nike, was elected for a three-year term as Chairman of a renewed Board at the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), at the federation’s general assembly in Munich on 4 February. O’Hollaren was previously a representative of the Americas on the WFSGI’s Board, where the presidency rotates between members from Europe/Africa, the Americas and Asia/Oceania. He takes over from Frank Dassler, General Counsel at the adidas Group. Dassler remains on the WFSGI’s Board as a representative for Europe/ Africa.The new Chairman is preparing to ‘push forward the industry’s interests in favour of reduced trade barriers, and to pursue joint initiatives in areas such as physical activity and governance’.“Efforts to increase physical activity are aligned with what governments want to reduce healthcare costs. It unifies divided parties, it has broad social benefits and supports our industry,” said O’Hollaren. “We also want to further advance governance in our industry, to make sure that the sports community has full confidence in our standards in this area, and that consumers feel good about buying our products,” he added.O’Hollaren started his career as Legislative Assistant to Mark Hatfield, a former US Senator from Oregon. He went on to work at The White House as a Special Assistant and then Deputy Assistant to the President, until 2007. O’Hollaren joined Nike in his current job in November 2012, after several years at Honeywell. He studied at Willamette University and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.The election of the new Board was accompanied by changes in the WFSGI’s structure. The general assembly approved a proposal to adjust the federation’s business structure, changing the title of President to Chairman of the Board, and the title of Secretary General to President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).“With the changes we wish to modernize the federation and adapt it to current business structures, providing more stability and making it fit for a sustainable future management,” explained WFSGI’s Robbert de Kock. Formerly WFSGI Secretary General, de Kock has been the WFSGI’s Secretary General since 2007 and became its first President and CEO combined at the assembly.As part of the new 24-strong board, the three regional Vice-chairmen remain unchanged – with Tom Cove, President and CEO of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) as Vice-chairman for the Americas; Motoi Oyama, President of ASICS Corporation, as Vice-chairman for Asia/Oceania; and Andy Rubin, Chairman of Pentland Brands, as Vice-chairman for Europe/Africa.The assembly saw the election of three newcomers on the Board. Bjørn Gulden, Chief Executive of Puma SE, is a new representative for Europe/Africa. Masatoshi Ishimoto, President of Descente, joins the Board as representative for Asia/Oceania. The same applies for Khawaja Masood Akhtar, President of Forward Sport and representative of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI) in Pakistan.Three former Asian representatives stepped down, along with three executive nominations. Klaus Uhl, Honorary Director of the WFSGI, handed over his duties as treasurer to Martin Kuenzi, Chief Financial Officer at Intersport International Corporation, a WFSGI Board member representing Europe/Africa.Dassler’s three-year term has been marked by far-reaching changes in the industry and sustained growth for WFSGI, which currently boasts 163 members. The federation’s resources were also expanded with the opening of an Asian office, established in Hong Kong on 1 April 2015.“As a key player in the global sporting goods business, we have made substantial progress on a wide range of topics, such as corporate responsibility and fair play,” said Dassler. “We have also set in motion several projects that will assist the development of the industry in the years ahead.” Dassler added that the federation is ‘financially stable, with strong resources to support the growth of the industry’.Among the federation’s achievements under Dassler’s tenure, the WFSGI’s members agreed to provide free equipment to over 600 athletes from 69 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that did not have sponsors for the Rio Olympics.“As an industry we have fulfilled our promise that no athlete will be left behind, by furnishing smaller NOCs through our Uniform Support Program,” said Dassler.More broadly, the WFSGI has consistently promoted fair and clean sports, which Dassler describes as “fundamental” to the industry. “We made clear that only the commitment to the values of sport and the fight against both corruption and doping can preserve what sports stands for,” he said.Another major topic was corporate responsibility (CR) and the launch of the Responsible Sport Initiative (RSI). The RSI is an entry level supply chain auditing solution, based on a common scope and approach and shared audits.The WFSGI’s CR Committee has defined 14 corporate responsibility items of importance. Together with external experts, the WFSGI is drafting position papers covering these items, which may be used as a reference by sporting goods companies and their partners.“Webinars are organized by the WFSGI to educate, encourage and showcase best practices illustrated in the position papers,” said De Kock. “Together with our new and growing RSI initiative, the position papers constitute another big step forward to make our industry more sustainable and ready for the future.”The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) was founded in 1978 and is the world authoritative body for the sports industry officially recognized by the IOC as the industry representative within the Olympic Family. The WFSGI is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental association formed by sports brands, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, national federations and other sporting goods industry related businesses.The WFSGI plays a strategic role in the support and promotion of the sporting goods industry worldwide. The WFSGI promotes free and fair trade and provides platforms for the intergovernmental cooperation with regards to the international organizations interested or affected by sports. Its aim is also to expand the cooperation on the protection of intellectual property rights and improve human rights issues related to working conditions.All this can be done through contacts with International Organizations such as the ILO, WTO, WHO, UN but also through International Sports Federations (FIFA, IAAF, FIVB, etc.) and the IOC, via the exchange of information and clearing house on issues and topics developed by WFSGI’s various committees.www.wfsgi.org Relatedlast_img read more

SRA to overhaul regulation and scrap ‘unjustified’ rules

first_imgThe Solicitors Code of Conduct is to be rewritten and a swath of detailed conduct rules are likely to scrapped under plans being discussed today by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The SRA intends to fundamentally reform the way it regulates, moving from the current ‘box-ticking’ system of detailed rules to ‘principles-based regulation’, similar to the regime used by the Financial Services Authority. However, the proposals, which are contained in a consultation paper soon to be launched by the SRA, have attracted criticism that the new system will cause uncertainty for the profession. Under the plans, the SRA will move to the new style of regulation in 2011, to coincide with the introduction of alternative business structures (ABSs). It will set out the principles by which firms are expected to conduct their business and the outcomes they must achieve. But there will be far fewer rules governing the process by which firms should arrive at these outcomes, giving greater flexibility to firms. Any rules that cannot be ‘justified’ will be scrapped, the SRA says. Firms will be regulated differently according to the risk they pose, the consultation paper says. SRA firm visits will take on a different tone, moving away from investigations of rule breaches towards a discussion about a firm’s risk management systems, with ‘less ticking of boxes’. There will be more enforcement action based on ‘breaches of principles’ and ‘failure to achieve defined outcomes’, and fewer based on ‘failure to comply with detailed rules’. The SRA stressed that it would not be lowering the standard required from firms or the level of customer protection. The SRA will issue guidance on how the new rules should be interpreted. Some elements of the regulatory regime, such as those relating to the indemnity regime and licensing requirements, will still be subject to more detailed rules. Frank Maher, a partner at Legal Risk in Liverpool, said: ‘I am not sure the profession is ready for yet another upheaval. We have only had the code of conduct since 2007, and there is some concern that there has been a little too much tinkering over the past 12 months… People will fear the lack of clarity.’ A Law Society spokeswoman said it had endorsed the move towards outcomes-focused regulation, but warned this must not become ‘regulation by ambush’. Solicitors must be given guidance on what would be acceptable, she said, adding that it was ‘very ambitious to expect this to be introduced in 2011’. She added: ‘It is important that this is done right rather than rushed to meet an apparently arbitrary deadline.’ The SRA will shortly launch a ‘high-level’ consultation on the changes, and will then consult on a revised code of conduct in April/May 2010, with the new code to follow in 2011. See also Opinionlast_img read more

Whizz-bang walloped

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

CASA tryouts begin next week for U-20

first_imgCASA tryouts begin next weekCASA tryouts for Under 20 teams will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays over the next two weeks at the Lauderhill Sports Park located at 7500 Oakland Park Blvd in Lauderhill. High school students and under 20 players are invited to participate.The soccer teams confirmed for the Annual Youth Classic that will take place from Wednesday December 13 to Sunday December 17, 2017 at the Lauderhill Sports Park in Lauderhill are:JamaicaTrinidadChivas USACASA Under 20Spartan of West Palm*waiting to be confirmed is Peru Under 20The CASA 2018 Super and Master League football competition begins in January and will also take place at the Lauderhill Sports Park in Lauderhill.CASA is a non- profit organization based in Lauderhill, Florida, and its primary mission is to link South Florida’s soccer to the rest of the world by developing all aspects of the sport, including children’s talent, and exposing the community to the highest level of the game.CASA launched its soccer and scouting program as an outreach to youths, coaches/scouts and families with a view of teaching children life-long values of sportsmanship, provide exciting competition, and at the same time exposing and affording boys the ability to showcase their skills and talents. Once the event concludes, the youths are given a chance to participate in a rich cultural exchange.For results of the CASA Super and Masters Leagues click the link: Blazers FC, Old Tymers triumph in CASA Super and Masters Leagueslast_img read more

Transfer gossip: Wolves want £12m Konsa deal, Sunday Times say

first_imgWolves are looking to tie up a deal to sign defender Ezri Konsa from Brentford, the Sunday Times reports.Konsa was linked with top Premier League clubs prior to joining the Bees from Charlton and has been touted for a move several times since his arrival at Griffin Park.AdChoices广告The Sunday Times say Wolves are looking to buy him for £12m.Leeds linked with DanielsEmbed from Getty Images Brentford are trying to pip Blackburn to the signing of Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, according to The Sun on Sunday.Gallagher was previously on loan with Rovers and is said to be keen to return to Ewood Park.The Sun say Brentford are keen on him and see Gallagher as a potential replacement for Neal Maupay, who has been linked with a number of clubs. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Some of the latest transfer speculation involving Brentford….Embed from Getty Images Leeds United have been linked with Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels.Football Insider claim Leeds are “plotting a swoop” to sign Daniels from the Bees, who have just sold keeper Daniel Bentley to Bristol City.Bees want Gallagher – SunEmbed from Getty Imageslast_img read more