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Billionaire Eliasch elected to lead world ski federation

June 4, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Sunday, March 21, 2021  file photo  Johan Eliasch, Chairman of the Management Board of the HEAD group celebrates on the podium at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup finals, in Parpan-Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Billionaire businessman Johan Eliasch has been elected president of the International Ski Federation. The CEO of ski and tennis brand Head was one of four candidates and follows long time president Gian Franco Kasper. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, file)
FILE - In this Sunday, March 21, 2021  file photo  Johan Eliasch, Chairman of the Management Board of the HEAD group celebrates on the podium at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup finals, in Parpan-Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Billionaire businessman Johan Eliasch has been elected president of the International Ski Federation. The CEO of ski and tennis brand Head was one of four candidates and follows long time president Gian Franco Kasper. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, file)
FILE - In this Sunday, March 21, 2021  file photo  Johan Eliasch, Chairman of the Management Board of the HEAD group celebrates on the podium at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup finals, in Parpan-Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Billionaire businessman Johan Eliasch has been elected president of the International Ski Federation. The CEO of ski and tennis brand Head was one of four candidates and follows long time president Gian Franco Kasper. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, file)
FILE - In this Sunday, March 21, 2021 file photo Johan Eliasch, Chairman of the Management Board of the HEAD group celebrates on the podium at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup finals, in Parpan-Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Billionaire businessman Johan Eliasch has been elected president of the International Ski Federation. The CEO of ski and tennis brand Head was one of four candidates and follows long time president Gian Franco Kasper. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, file)
FILE - In this Sunday, March 21, 2021 file photo Johan Eliasch, Chairman of the Management Board of the HEAD group celebrates on the podium at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup finals, in Parpan-Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Billionaire businessman Johan Eliasch has been elected president of the International Ski Federation. The CEO of ski and tennis brand Head was one of four candidates and follows long time president Gian Franco Kasper. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, file)

GENEVA (AP) — Billionaire businessman Johan Eliasch was elected president of the International Ski Federation on Friday.

Eliasch, the long-time CEO of ski and tennis brand Head, garnered a majority 65 of the 119 votes from national ski federations in the first round of polling.

The London-based Swede, one of four candidates, had pledged during his campaign to leave his Head role if elected.

Eliasch is just the fifth FIS president in its 97-year history. He succeeds Gian Franco Kasper, who held the office since 1998 and leaves one year early.

The next FIS election is scheduled next year.

Eliasch beat Swiss former world downhill champion Urs Lehmann, former FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis of Britain and FIS vice president Mats Arjes of Sweden.

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