Amer Sports Nomination Committee proposal for Board Composition

5/20/2008, 3:01 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
Amer Sports Corporation's Nomination Committee proposes to the
forthcoming Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting, to be held on June 4,
2008, that Anssi Vanjoki, Ilkka Brotherus, Felix Björklund and Pirjo
Väliaho be re-elected as a member of the Board of Directors.
Moreover, the Committee proposes that the following persons be
appointed new board members: Martin Burkhalter, Christian Fischer and
Bruno Sälzer.

Mr Martin Burkhalter, 56, (Swiss nationality) is Chief Commercial
Officer at Vizrt (, a Norwegian software company
specializing in video production technology that is listed on the
Oslo and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges.
* Formerly Mr Burkhalter worked as Senior Vice President and
Managing Director for Reebok EMEA
( in Paris and as CEO of Intersport International
Corporation (, Bern.
* He has experience from branded consumer goods wholesale and retail
organizations, turnarounds, and
implementing new strategic solutions for profit enhancement and
business growth.

Mr Christian Fischer, 43, (Austrian nationality) is the founder and
major shareholder of Accelate, Business Launch and Expansion GmbH
( and previously served as a management consultant
with A.T.Kearney ( in Munich. Mr Fischer is also
the founder and major shareholder of Austria's leading security
retail chain, Security Land (
* Mr Fischer is an experienced international management consultant
with a background in the fields of sporting
goods, branding, and in redesigning the marketing and sales
organizations of leading international branded
consumer goods companies.
* He has implemented growth strategies and has restructuring

Mr Bruno Sälzer, 50, (German nationality) was Chairman and CEO of
Hugo Boss AG ( in Germany in 2002-2008 and has
been a member of the Managing Board at Hugo Boss since 1995.
* Formerly Mr Sälzer worked for Schwarzkopf AG (
and Beiersdorf AG
( in Germany.
* He is a strong, international manager with brand and retail
knowledge as well as fashion and sports products
knowledge. Mr Sälzer is a well know authority in metropolitan
behavioral trends and their business impacts.

The Board's term of service will run through the 2009 Annual General

It has been brought to the Committee's attention that shareholders
representing approximately 55% of the Amer Sports Corporation's
shares and votes will support the proposal on the Extraordinary
Shareholders Meeting.

Nomination Committee
The Nomination Committee comprises of four independent members of the
Board of Directors: Ilkka Brotherus (Chairman of the Committee),
Anssi Vanjoki, Timo Maasilta and Felix Björklund.

For further information, please contact:
Mr Anssi Vanjoki, Chairman of the Amer Sports Corporation Board, tel.
+358 400 536 172


Ms Maarit Mikkonen
Communications Manager
Tel. +358 9 7257 8306, e-mail:

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