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Kim Andersen (DEN)

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Name: Kim Andersen
Year of Birth: 1957
Nationality: Danish
Residence: Denmark
First language: Danish
Other languages: Scandinavian (Norwegian, Swedish - understandable), English (fluent), German (fluent)

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Candidates Goals

Towards a Better Future for Sailing

After four years of hard work, engaging with members and executing on our plan forward, we are seeing success in our efforts!

For the first time in a long time, World Sailing is setting trends, leading other sports, offering new opportunities to members and sailors around the world. Having rectified many of the mistakes of the past, our sport is stronger than before. From increased participation to the growth of our sport internationally as well as increased levels of transparency in our governance, we have accomplished a lot.

But there is still more to do, and we must do better!

Looking forward to the next four years, my priorities as President of World Sailing for the future are focused on:

  • More development opportunities - with the focus on building a stronger platform for development, participation and growth
  • More empowerment for our members - with the focus on building a modern structure that meets the needs of our members and empowers them to make positive decisions
  • More funding for sailing worldwide - with the focus on implementing development and engagement initiatives aimed at officials, youth and gender equality


Grassroots is the cornerstone of our sport. Every step we take must always consider the involvement of our sport's base and focus on building a stronger platform for participation and growth. The last four years we have laid the foundation and created new opportunities in development, we must not only continue on this path, but we must strengthen and expand our development opportunities.

In order to continue building up our sport we need to invest more resources in attracting youth to sailing and ensure that our MNAs have the resources they need to succeed with development programs in their countries.

As President, I am committed to:

  • Strengthening the link and support to regions and continents
  • Supporting regional and continental games
  • Actively engaging with MNAs by outlining their development needs
  • Implementing new funding streams specifically focused on participation & development initiatives


As an organisation, we are only as strong as our members. In order to ensure that we have a strong membership, they must be empowered. Over the last four years, this process of empowerment has already started through systematic and effective stakeholder engagement. With a newly appointed CEO with a wealth of experience the World Sailing organisation comprised of a young and capable and staff, are better equipped to support MNAs.

While we are making good progress, our World Sailing vision has been overshadowed by the current governance structure and by past management challenges/changes. However, now for the first time in years we have a clear way forward . We can now deliver to the overwhelming majority of MNAs who are asking for a new structure; one that is modern, meets the needs of our members and empowers MNAs to make positive decisions for the future of our sport. Now is the time to get back to having a clear management structure, with clear lines of communication and defined services for our MNAs.

As President, I am committed to:

  • Increasing MNA participation and engagement in decision making
  • Clearly distributing powers from the members (AGM) to Council, Board and Executive
  • Strengthening the support and engagement to classes and event organizers to support, develop and share knowledge
  • Strengthening the connection and engagement between WS staff and MNAs
  • Implementing strong roots to the sailing community
  • Creating a platform to expand relationships with Sailing stakeholders (including IOC, ASOIF, etc.)
  • Strengthening the support and engagement to classes and event organizers to support, develop and share knowledge


Behind every successful organisation, there are healthy and responsible finances. Four years ago, we were misinformed about the financial situation of World Sailing. Since then, a new financial model has been implemented to ensure that World Sailing is never again put in uncertain waters ever again.

As we plan for our financial future, we are in a much better state than four years ago with a safe and sound financial plan in place. However, the commercial potential of ow attractive sport is far from being exploited. After focusing more on financial stability, it is now time to take the next step forward.

As President, I am committed to:

  • Leveraging our brand together with our social media exposure to drive commercial impact
  • Using the new WS commercial offerings to activate new sponsors and new funding
  • Using World Sailing Trust to implement new initiatives for the benefits of MNAs
  • Attracting new merchandising opportunities

Sailing Career

Since my 13th year been sailing and have represented Denmark at 20 World's and European's. Today I am primarily sailing the Dragon Gold Cup 2018 7th, Dragon gold Cup 2019 12th

Sailing Administration

2017 - 2020 President, World Sailing
2012- 2016 Chair, Equipment Committee
2004- 2012 Member, Events & Equipment Committee 2000 - 2008 Member, ISA Council
2007 - 2011 Commodore of the Royal Danish Yacht Club
1992 - 2002 Part of the management team Danish Olympic Team 2000 Team Manager, Sailing Team Denmark, Sydney Olympics

Other Sports Administration

2018 - IOC Channel Commission

Role within World Sailing

2017 -2020 President, World Sailing
2012 - 2016 Chair, Equipment Committee
2004 - 2012 Member, Events & Equipment Committee
2000 - 2008 Member, ISAF Council


I have been working in an international environment for more than 25 years obtaining management experience.

I have a poven track record, implementing anc executing sustainable strategies within sales, marketing and operation.

I have management experience amanging companies under different ownerships. (listed companies, Private Equity and private owned companies). Doing so I have lived 2 years in Australia, 6 month in UK and 7 years in Germany.

Since the Olympic in Barcelona I have been managing the Danish Olympic Sailing Team until the Sydne Olympics.

Business Career:

2016 - 2020 Vice President (Customer & Markets), MT Hojgaard
2014 - 2016 Vice President (Offshore and Steelbridge), MT Hojgaard
2010 - 2014 Vice President (Offshore), MT Hojgaard
2007 - 2013 Chairman, Godhavn
2006- 2008 Managing Director, Britannia Invest
2001 - 2006 Chief Executive Officer, Superfos A/S

Nominating MNAs

Australian Sailing, Belize Sailing Federation, Bulgarian Sailing Federation, Danish Sailing Association, Deutscher Segler Verband, Fiji Yachting Association, Finning Sailing and Boating Federation, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Fédération Française de Voile, Fédération Tahitienne de Voile, Icelandic Sailing Association, Iraqi Sailing Federation, Irish Sailing Association, Israel Sailing Association, Koninklijk Nederlands Watersport Verbond, Pakistan Sailing Federation, Polish Yachting Association, Sailing Cook Islands, Solomon Islands Sailing Association, South African Sailing, Tunisian Sailing Federation, Turkish Sailing Federation, UEA Sailing and Rowing Federation

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