There are five permanent staff members at the FESI Secretariat under the political leadership of Mr Frank Dassler, the President of FESI:
Jérôme Pero is Secretary General at FESI, representing the sporting goods sector in Europe and speaking for EU companies, national federations and retailers.
Mr Pero joined FESI in 2007, becoming Public Policy Director in 2015 and Board Member of the European Commission European Week of Sports Advisory Group in the same year. Mr Pero 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.
Mr Pero is also undertaking the work of coordinator of the activities related to the following working committees: Ski and Ski Boots, Promotion of Physical Activity, Sustainability and Contact with Sport Federations.
He holds a Master degree in Political Science and European Studies from the Université libre de Bruxelles.
Mr Pero is a Luxembourgish national and is fluent in English, French, Luxemburgish and German.
Deputy Secretary General
Youri Mercier is Deputy Secretary General assisting the Secretary General in the representation of FESI.
Mr Mercier joined FESI in September 2016 as Public Policy Manager and one year later he took the role of Deputy Secretary General, assisting in the coordination and advocacy planning of the Federation.
Mr Mercier is also undertaking the work of coordination of the activities related to the following committees: Trade and Customs, Product Safety, Membership and the Digital Single Market Working Group.
Prior to his experience as FESI, Mercier was policy officer at the European Branded Clothing Alliance (EBCA) and Consultant at Hanover Communications.
He holds two Masters in European Studies and European Economic Law from the College of Europe Natolin and Science Po Paris respectively.
He is a French national and is fluent in French and English.
Luca Boniolo joined FESI in September 2016. His responsibilities include assisting the in the organisation and coordination of the activities related to the FESI working committee.
Ariane joined FESI as Communications Officer in October 2018. Her responsibilities cover both FESI’s internal and external communication strategy, as well as providing general support for the running of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee. Before joining FESI, Ariane worked for two years in a European public affairs consultancy in Brussels, where she was in charge of IPR topics and communication matters.
She is a French national and holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles
Wendy Arias joined FESI as Administrative Manager in September 2018. Her responsiblities include: assisting the FESI office by ensuring the efficient administration of the federation’s office, providing support in logistics and financial procedures, and assuring an optimal flow of internal communication.