On June 4th, 2021, at the 52nd International Ski Congress the delegates elected Johan Eliasch (GBR) as the new FIS President to take over for outgoing President Gian Franco Kasper.
Eliasch was elected as the new FIS President after just one round of voting. He earned 54.82 percent of the vote with 65 votes. Behind him was Urs Lehmann (SUI) with 26 votes (21.85%) followed by Sarah Lewis (BEL) with 15 votes (12.61%) and Mats Arjes (SWE) 13 votes (10.92%)
“I’m incredibly humbled to be chosen as your president,” Eliasch said after his election. “I want to thank FIS for organizing such a professional virtual congress. I would especially like to express my gratitude to Gian Franco Kasper, whom I have known for many years. We would not all be sitting here today if it wasn’t for him".
He continued, “I will be engaged, open-minded and transparent and a president that represents all nations and all disciplines, and now let us go to work”.
Four days later, on June 8th, Johan Eliasch announced that he is stepping down as CEO of HEAD with immediate effect. He made his intentions known that he would step down from the position if elected already during the campaign process for the FIS Presidency.
Eliasch has held the position as CEO of HEAD since 1995 and has presided over the transformation of HEAD from a heavy loss-making company to a highly profitable sports equipment group with leading market shares in all its segments.
HEAD has been the outstanding innovation leader under Johan Eliasch’s leadership, and has the number one ranked ATP female and male tennis players, and has won the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Overall Ski Manufacturers Crystal Globe eight out of the last ten years including the last 2020/2021 season.
Johan Eliasch: “It has been a privilege to lead HEAD for the last 25 years, but now it is time for a new challenge. FIS has tremendous potential and my new role as President will be my focus. I leave HEAD in very capable hands with an exceptionally strong management team”.