PUMA Executive Appointed FESI President

September 17, 2004

Representation of Interests for Sporting Goods Industry


Herzogenaurach, Germany, September 17th 2004 – Horst Widmann has been appointed president of the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI). During the SPOGA Fair in Cologne, Germany, a clear majority of FESI’s board members voted for the PUMA executive, who replaces Mr. Klaus Uhl, who served as president for three and a half years.

“I feel very honored to have been elected president of FESI,“ says Horst Widmann. “It will be my aim to strengthen the standing of the European sporting goods industry towards the European Commission and to lobby the interests of the federation not only in Brussels, but also with the different EU member governments. This will also be beneficial for the consumers.“

Mr. Widmann will in the future put further emphasis on international trade relations, import regulations, environmental and social issues, trademark rights as well as effective influential activity towards the important international federations and organizations such as the Olympic Committee and FIFA.

Horst Widmann has worked in the sports industry for over 30 years and has been with PUMA since 1990.