President – International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
René Fasel has been the President of the IIHF since 1994. A dentist by trade, Fasel has always been passionate about hockey while growing up in his native Switzerland. In 1985, he became the President of the Swiss Ice Hockey Association and joined the IIHF in 1986 as an elected Council Member. In 1995, he was appointed as the first Ice Hockey representative on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and in 1998, had a strong role in allowing NHL players to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time. Between 2002 and 2014, he acted as the President of the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) as well as the Chairman of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Co-ordination Committee. In 2012, he was re-elected to the IOC executive board for another four-year term. In the same year, he was given another four-year term as the President of the IIHF.