Jérôme Pero

Secretary General

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Jérôme is Secretary General of FESI. He thus represents the sporting goods sector in Europe and speaks for EU companies, national federations and retailers.

Jérôme joined FESI in 2007. He became Public Policy Director in 2015 and Board Member of the European Commission European Week of Sports Advisory Group in the same year. Jérôme is also Member of the European Commission Advisory Board to improve economic and policy knowledge in the field of sport related industries. In 2017 he took the role of Secretary General, overseeing all matters related to the Federation, including advocacy, planning and strategy.

Jérôme is also coordinating the work and activities related to the following committees: Digital (innovation and wearable technology), Product compliance (REACH and other chemicals legislations, consumer information), Corporate responsibility (goods practices, industry leadership, members states initiatives), and Sport (football and winter sports).

He holds a Master’s degree in political science and European Studies from the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Jérôme is a Luxembourgish national. He is fluent in English, French, German, and Luxembourgish.

Youri Mercier

Deputy Secretary General

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Youri is Deputy Secretary General of FESI. He assists the Secretary General in the representation of the Federation.

Youri joined FESI in September 2016 as Public Policy Manager. One year later, he has been appointed Deputy Secretary General, assisting in the coordination and advocacy planning of the Federation.

Youri is also coordinating the work and activities related to the following committees: Digital (e-commerce), Trade (customs and trade preferences), and Product compliance (product safety and standards).

Before joining FESI, Youri has been policy officer at the European Branded Clothing Alliance (EBCA) and consultant at Hanover Communications.

He holds two Masters Degrees in European Studies and European Economic Law, respectively from the College of Europe (Natolin) and Science Po Paris.

He is a French national and is fluent in English. He also has some knowledge of Spanish.

Luca Boniolo

Luca Boniolo

Policy Officer

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Luca joined FESI in September 2016. As policy officer, he is responsible of organizing and coordinating the activities related to FESI’s steering committees. He oversees the following policy areas: privacy and data protection, sustainable development, circular economy, supply chain, and Brexit.

Luca studied Political Science at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Florence.

Luca is an Italian national. He is fluent in English and has a very good command of French and Spanish. He also has some knowledge of German.

Ariane Gatti

Ariane Gatti

Communication Officer

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Ariane joined FESI as Communication and Public Affairs Officer in October 2018. She oversees FESI’s internal and external communication strategy and supports the coordination of the Intellectual Property Rights taskforce.

Before joining FESI, Ariane worked for two years in a European public affairs consultancy in Brussels, where she specialised in intellectual property and communications.

She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Ariane is a French national. She is fluent in English and has a good command of German and Spanish.

Wendy Arias

Wendy Arias

Administrative Manager

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Wendy joined FESI as Administrative Manager in September 2018. Her responsibilities include: assisting the team by ensuring the efficient administration of FESI’s office and providing support in logistics and financial procedures.

Before joining FESI, Wendy worked for several years in the legal field and thus acquired a thorough knowledge on administrative, organisational and multitasking skills.

She has a degree in Office Management and Commercial Sciences.

Wendy has a Belgian / Dominican nationality. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch, and has an excellent command of French.