Personalities

DICK’S Sporting Goods Names Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. to its Board of Directors

DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based omni-channel sporting goods retailer, on July 16, 2020, announced that Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., the 11-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, has been named to the company’s Board of Directors. 

“Larry has been part of the DICK’S Sporting Goods family for nearly 10 years, and we’ve gotten to know him very well,” said Ed Stack, Chairman and CEO. “Larry has a deep understanding of the business of sports and its market dynamics. Larry is a man of integrity, and he shares our values and our commitment to caring for communities. Based on his background, Larry will be a great addition to our Board.”

Fitzgerald is an active member in the business community. He joined the Sports Matter Advisory Board of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation in 2018 to help inspire and enable youth sports participation, and he recently purchased a minority ownership stake in the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

“I’ve long admired DICK’S Sporting Goods, and over the years have had the opportunity to see up close what they stand for and who they are as a company,” said Fitzgerald. “We share a passion for sports, supporting young people and serving our communities. I could not be more excited to join the Board and share my experience and knowledge to help DICK’S grow and continue to be a leader in the retail and sports industries.”

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Outside the field of play, through the “Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund,” founded in 2005, Fitzgerald has used his personal platform to support children and families in-need, with a focus on promoting literacy and technology skills, as well as spearheading efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer.

In honour of his mother who passed away from breast cancer in 2003, Fitzgerald founded the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund. The organisation is dedicated to supporting causes that his mother was passionate about, including support for Black women with breast cancer, the prevention of HIV/AIDS among Black communities and education initiatives for urban youth.

In 2017, Fitzgerald was a co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player for excellence on and off the field. He has made five USO tours to visit soldiers overseas and has helped dig wells and build irrigation systems in Ethiopia with Oxfam, a global nonprofit working to end poverty. Fitzgerald has donated substantially to various schools, groups and parks around the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, where he was born and raised.

Fitzgerald played college football at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned unanimous All-America honors, and received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Phoenix.        

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of May 2, 2020, the Company operated 726 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated teammates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as GameChanger, a youth sports mobile app for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping.  DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. 

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WTO members meet the candidates for Director-General

The eight candidates nominated for the post of WTO Director-General met with members on 15-17 July 15-17, 2020,   at a meeting of the General Council. Each candidate made a brief presentation to members, including their vision for the WTO, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The eight candidates made their presentations in the order in which their candidatures were received. The eight candidates are:

Each candidate was invited to make a brief opening presentation. This was followed by a question-and-answer period of no more than one hour and fifteen minutes.  During the last five minutes of the question-and-answer period, candidates had the opportunity to make a concluding statement if they so wished.

After their presentations at the General Council, each candidate held a press conference at the WTO. These press conferences were webcast live on the WTO website.

More information on the candidates, including biographical notes, opening statements to the General Council, archived video of the press conferences, and photo galleries are available here on the WTO website.

The current phase of the selection process in which the candidates “make themselves known to members” will end on 7 September. On that date, the third phase will begin. The Chair of the General Council, Ambassador David Walker of New Zealand, together with the Chair of the Dispute Settlement Body (Amb. Dacio Castillo of Honduras) and the Chair of the Trade Policy Review Body (Amb. Harald Aspelund of Iceland), will start to consult with all WTO members to assess their preferences and seek to determine which candidate is best placed to attract consensus support. This phase may involve more than one stage of consultations as members seek to narrow the field of candidates. The third phase will last no more than two months.

The eight candidates were nominated by their respective governments to succeed the current Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, who announced in May that he would step down on 31 August.

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FIPRA Network unveils new global Advisory Board, President from Hirzel.Neef.Schmid Couselors

The FIPRA Network, a global network of boutique public affairs consultancies in more than 50 countries with a history of more than 20 years, is proud to announce the establishment of a new Advisory Board.

The FIPRA Network, a global network of boutique public affairs consultancies in more than 50 countries with a history of more than 20 years, is proud to announce the establishment of a new Consisting of 12 seasoned public affairs practitioners representing every continent, the Advisory Board will be responsible for defining the Network’s overall direction and strategic priorities. This development reflects a common aspiration across the membership to be the best at what the FIPRA Network does: providing consistently high-quality service to clients, and overcoming challenges together.

The Advisory Board consists of:

André Albinati FIPRA Canada / Earnscliffe Strategy Group

José Gabriel Assis de Almeida FIPRA Brazil / JG Assis de Almeida & Associados

Laura Batchelor FIPRA International, Brussels

Mihael Cigler FIPRA Slovenia / MC Public Affairs Ltd

Philip Howard FIPRA Japan / GR Japan

Inga Karten FIPRA Germany / Miller & Meier Consulting

Abdul Waheed Patel FIPRA South Africa / Ethicore Political Consulting

Dominique Reber FIPRA Switzerland / Hirzel.Neef.Schmid.Counselors

John L Richardson FIPRA Australia / Richardson Coutts

Thaima Samman FIPRA France / Cabinet Samman

Haiying Yuan FIPRA China / Yuan Associates

Patrik Zoltvány FIPRA Slovakia / CEC Government Relations Bratislava

Dominique Reber will serve as President of the FIPRA Network Advisory Board, supported by two Vice-Presidents: Laura Batchelor and Abdul Waheed Patel.

“The success of our network stems from a rare combination of a deep understanding of our clients’ long-term global objectives and a singular ability to deliver on projects deploying time-tested, impactful local approaches,” said Dominique Reber, President of the newly-established Advisory Board.

Vice-President Laura Batchelor underlined the FIPRA Network’s unique political, policy, and regulatory expertise on every continent. “With this agile setup for the Network, we are responding to market needs by offering clients not only thematic but also geographical know-how. This nuanced approach is all the more important in the wake of Covid19,” she said.

“The best public affairs advice is tailor made,” Vice-President Abdul Waheed Patel commented. “Our clients have recognised that their global objectives can only be achieved effectively and efficiently if local circumstances are understood and respected, combined with adhering to and upholding the highest ethical and quality standards. The FIPRA Network exemplifies this approach.”

Founded in 2000, the FIPRA Network is a leading global network of public affairs consultancies in more than 50 countries. To know more about its global presence and expertise, click here.

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