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Name: Philip Baum
Year of Birth: 1954
Nationality: South African
Residence: South Africa
First language: English
Other languages: Afrikaans

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Candidates Goals

PHILIP BAUM

A PROUDLY AFRICAN CANDIDATE FOR THE ROLE OF VICE PRESIDENT OF WORLD SAILING

World Sailing has never had a Board member from Africa. The demographics, the political evolution and undeveloped potential of the Continent makes Africa a significant growth opportunity for World Sailing in the medium term. The Youth Olympic Games in Senegal should be a springboard for the sport, both competitively and recreationally.

World Sailing needs Africa. Africa needs World Sailing. I aim to be a bridge not only for my continent but we in Africa believe, with shared experiences, we can be a bridge for new opportunities elsewhere in the world. What works here can work elsewhere. Together we can grow sailing.

MY MISSION: "ENABLE SAILING FOR LIFE, ACROSS ALL DISCIPLINES, GLOBALLY

MY VALUES

  1. Care and Respect
  2. Trust in the Good of the Individual
  3. Independence/No Conflicts of Interest
    Other than a part time job working as a student on Saturday mornings for Elvstrom Sails in South Africa sailing has NEVER been a source of income for me.
  4. Service
    Being involved in voluntary work is a way of life.

VALUES ARE THE BASIS OF BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE THE BASIS OF DOING THINGS TOGETHER.

MY CULTURE/ ATTITUDES

  1. Play the Game, NOT the Player.
    The only agenda is the good of the sport and what's in the interests of the sailor. We can have fiercely different views but respect each other as people committed to making World Sailing a great organisation.
  2. No such thing as a stupid idea, there is only a stupid response.
    We need to make fact based decisions applying logic stripped of emotion and pre-conceived ideas. By encouraging a flow of ideas creative and novel solutions emerge.
  3. Empower the organisation.
    It is not necessary to make all the decisions. Be they staff or volunteers, never forget it's not their labours alone but the fact that one get's their hearts and minds for free, that's important. Entrusted with responsibility the organisation will "knock the lights out".

CULTURE IS THE "GLUE" THAT BINDS THE ORGANISATION TOGETHER. WITH APPROPRIATE ATTITUDES A PROPERLY FUNCTIONING BOARD WILL IMPLEMENT POLICY AND IDEAS WITHOUT DIFFERENCES OF VIEW BECOMING A PUBLIC ISSUE. BOARDS NEED TO BE COLLECTIVELY RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE.

ACCCOUNTABILITY

(CONFIDENCE THAT PROMISED ACTIONS CAN BE DELIVERED)

Promises during a campaign are easy to make. More challenging is giving the electorate confidence that what they vote for is what they will get.

Here are just three examples of where I have the skills to deliver.

1. GROWING THE SPORT

Revamping the ENP project is an opportunity to significantly grow the sport. The first program cost more than

GBP 50 000 per continent and funded a one week event for no more than 25 coaches and sailors once a year. Most of the money was spent on long distance travel and accommodation. The same amount of money spent on a coach travelling once a quarter to 4 different venues on a continent could fund a full 12 month programme. Two hundred sailors and coaches could then benefit with local sailors and coaches providing their own accommodation and incurring no travel costs. Hundreds of local sailors and officials could share the experience and learn. If the WS appointed coach was shared with another continent the coach could enjoy a fulltime 12 month role. A full time coach could provide virtual follow up programmes for each countries' elite athletes.

2. WORLD SAILING- EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS

As importantly as a need for a new set of rules (ie a new constitution) after operating essentially in the same way for 113 years since being founded in 1907, a thoughtful review of the "Ways in which WS Works" is necessary. WS has a wealth of Intellectual Property and competencies in it's permanent management team and no doubt with it's newly appointed CEO is ready to tackle the re-interpretation of it's value proposition and service offering. A non-executive board with relevant experiences identified and elected by the MNA's would have a great deal to offer. There are many options on the table. Each needs to be carefully scrutinised, evaluated and decided. Once determined they need to be executed and delivered.

3. GOVERNANCE

It is critical to address the 5 key issues identified by the WS Community:

  • moving WS from being Olympic fixated to having a balanced set of activities concentrating on the Olympics and Growing the sport equally
  • dealing with Integrity, Transparency and Conflicts of Interest
  • clarifying Levels of Authority
  • introducing a Nomination & Election Process to give WS stakeholders, especially the MNA's, a greater say in representation
  • a new Submissions process to cut costs in a Post Covid19 virtual world, increase participation for all interested parties and allow real time decision making year round

Sailing Career

A lifetime sailor from the age of 10 I have represented my country at the Youth Worlds, sailed in multiple world championships in the Finn and J22 classes, won several national titles and competed in 17 back to back World Finn Masters championships.

Apart from dinghy sailing I have competed in offshore racing and done a Sydney-Hobart, a Cape Town to Uruguay, and a Mauritius to Durban races as well as many coastal races along the windy Cape Peninsual in South Africa.

I actively campaign a Cape31, a Mark Mills designed boat, and a Finn.

My family and I are also keen bare boat yacht charterers around the world.

Sailing Administration

My sailing administration includes time as President of South African Sailing. I am still the chairmain of my MNA's Constitutional Committee.

At World Sailing I am a member of Council, a member of the Events Committee and the Governance Commission and have served on sub-committees of the Events Committee.

I have never missed a WS meeting, including attending all three annual conferences which took place in the North Americas over the past three years.

I am also currently on the Finn Masters Executive Committee.

Roles within World Sailing

For WS Committees please see above

Other

MY PROFESSIONAL CV

An experienced international Chairman, Non-Executive Director and CEO in a FTSE 20 company. In CEO role had overall responsibility for global activities involving revenues of $6.9bn and Earnings before Interest and Tax of 2.9bn.

Extensive expertise in strategic development, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, financial management, change leadership, investor relations and negotiations with governments and regulators.

Experience includes Africa, North and South America, Asia, Australasia and Europe.

Uqalo Private Equity
Partner 2014 -

Emco Resources
Chairman 2011 - 2015

Nordgold
Chairman 2010 - 2014

Ruukki Group
Non Executive Director 2010 - 2012

Anglo American plc
1979 - 2009

Revenues $33bn, Profits $12bn, Employees and contractors 144,000

Member of Group Executive Committee

Anglo Ferrous Metals and Industries
Chief Executive Officer

Revenues $6.9bn, EBIT $2.9bn, Employees and contractors 21,000
Operations in Africa, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada and Australia.

Other Appointments

Member of the Anglo American Chairman's Fund. Anglo's total CSI spend was $50m in 2008. 1982 - 1996 and 2001 - 2003

Board Member of the National Business Initiative (a joint business/government organisation established to address issues arising from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission). 2006 - 2009

Board Member of Business Leadership South Africa, representative body of Big Business which met regularly with the President and senior Cabinet Ministers. 2006 - 2009

Trustee of the Maru Pula School, Botswana 1988 - 2006

Founder Trustee of the re-established Tiger Kloof School, a London Mission Society school which had been closed by Hendrik Verwoerd in 1954. 1991 - 2006

Education

University of Witwatersrand B.Com; LL.B; Higher Dip in Tax Law (1974/78 and 1979/80)

Personal

Married, two children, keen yachtsman, hiker and traveller

Nominating MNAs

Angolan Federation of Nautical Sports, Australian Sailing, Cuban Sailing Federation, Danish Sailing Association, Federacione Argentina de Vela, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Fédération Française de Voile, Federación Peruana de Vela, Libyan Sailing Federation, Malaysian Sailing Association, Mauritius Yachting Association, Polish Yachting Association, Royal Yachting Association, Sail Canada, Sailing Cook Islands, Seychelles Sailing Association, South African Sailing, Tanzania Sailing Association, Tunisian Sailing Federation, US Sailing, Yachting New Zealand

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