The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) has elected Neil Narriman as its new president. The general counsel of intellectual property at Puma was elected for a three-year term at the FESI Annual General Assembly in Brussels, succeeding Frank A. Dassler, who left Adidas in 2018 to retire.

“I am very honored and proud to have been chosen by the members of our General Assembly as the new president of FESI”, declared Narriman. “I would also like to congratulate and thank my predecessor Frank A. Dassler for all the work he has done over the past years and I hope to be up to the major projects that lie ahead of us in the future”, he added.

As the new president, one of his key tasks will be to achieve the FESI’s objectives for the next three years, including promoting free, fair and sustainable trade between the EU and its main trading partners and creating an appropriate legal framework for digital change in Europe.

“As general counsel intellectual property at Puma, I’m also committed to continue working towards a more effective fight against counterfeiting, a scourge that threatens consumers, jobs, the environment and costs our industry in Europe €300 million each year. In this regard, future discussions on the Digital Services Act will be crucial and I am confident that our team in Brussels will ensure that our sector remains a key part of the debate,” Narriman stated.