WFSGI Appoints New Committee Members

Hans van Vliet of Shimano joins the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry.

Van Vliet will not only represent his company but also bring the point of views of the bicycle industry into the committee.

WFSGI Secretary General Robbert de Kock about the new CSR committee member: “It is of great importance to have the opinion and involvement of Hans van Vliet as representative of the bicycle industry. The CSR committee plays a leading role for the sporting goods industry.”

Ellesse president in the Trade Committee The WFSGI is pleased to announce a new member of its Trade committee in the person of Richard Newcombe, who is President of Ellesse (Italian sportswear brand) and CEO of Pentland Asia. “We are proud to feel Mr. Newcombe's commitment to work with our Trade committee,” said Mr. de Kock. “With his experience and background he will be able to give important inputs and positively contribute to its success.”

WFSGI Appoints New Committee Members

The WFSGI (World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry) has appointed 4 members for two of its committees. Bruno Barth (Switcher), Klaus Hohenegger (Odlo) and Roman Stepek (Kjus) are becoming members of the CSR Committee (Corporate Social Responsibility) and Tomi Wüthrich (Odlo) is now joining the CISO Committee (Committee on International Sports Organizations).

“We are proud to welcome Bruno Barth (Switcher), Klaus Hohenegger (Odlo) and Roman Stepek (Kjus) as new members of the CSR committee, who will bring more diversity and a broader view into the CSR committee by understanding the needs and implementations for small and medium size sport companies” says Frank Henke, Global Director CSR adidas group and Chairman of the WFSGI CSR Committee.

As for the CISO Committee, “we warmly welcome Wüthrich. With the actual activities of Odloand Tomi’s experience, he will add value to the various discussions and negotiations with IFs and the IOC for better harmonization between the industry and the federations”, says Marius Rovers, President Sport 2000 International and Chairman of the WFSGI CISO Committee.


Bruno Barth has held the position of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Director at Switcher SA (a medium‐sized Swiss textiles company with a turnover of 72 million francs) since 1 May 2009. He is responsible for all the “soft values” (ecological, social and environmental development) of Switcher. Bruno Barth took up his current role after seven (2001‐2008) successful years as Director of the Swiss Sport Aid Foundation, where he was responsible for the repositioning of the brand “Sporthilfe” and of its fundraising strategy. In his seven years the foundation supported over 4,000 young athletes with CHF 20 Mio. Of Swiss origin, Bruno Barth has devoted a  large part of his career to the sports and fund-raising sector.

Klaus Hohenegger is Head Sourcing, Production, Logistics & Quality at ODLO International. He has been working with Odlo for 7 years now. He is in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility/Code of Conduct. He is responsible for the entire sourcing. Odlo has two own factories one in Portugal, one in Romania. Before ODLO International, Hohenegger worked in Romania, Laos and China restructuring and reorganizing factories there.

Roman Stepek is Director of Innovation & Supply Chain Management / LK International (KJUS Skiwear). After his education in technical textile at the HTL Dornbirn (Vocational College and School in Technical Textil, Dornbirn, Austria), Stepek started his career in the textile business at his parents company Alaska Sport Dress in Stadl‐Paura (Austria) where he worked for six years. He then joined Head Sportswear as the Global Purchasing Manager before he left for Asia in 1996 to work as General Manager for various production facilities in Laos and Bangladesh. After his return to Europe he joined LK International AG in Cham, Switzerland as Director Innovations, Production and Supply Chain Management.


Tomi Wüthrich is Head of Sports Marketing Odlo International AG, especially Project Leader for Alinghi, for Olympic Games 2006 and 2010 and for the Divisions Cross Country 2007‐2008. Wüthrich is responsible for the International Sports Marketing Strategy, Controlling and Events material. He is handling all the contracts with Teams, Events, Athletes, etc, and organizes marketing material and PR stories for all Odlo distributors. He is also working at developing new technical clothes with teams and athletes. Wüthrich was member of the Finnish Inline National Team, Team member of the National Salomon Team and also member from the Swiss National Cross CountryTeam.



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