European Health & Fitness Forum 2017

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia

Apr 5, 2017

The European Health & Fitness Forum (EHFF) is the opening event of FIBO, the largest international trade show for fitness, wellness and health.

This annual event boasts an impressive selection of speakers and a host of roundtable discussions and debates generating new and valuable insights into the future of the fitness industry. With up to 500 delegates attending from around the world EHFF also offers a perfect networking opportunity for anyone working in the sector.

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Andreas Harting

Co-Founder & Managing Director Deloitte Digital GmbH, Deloitte Digital

Bio: Andreas is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Deloitte Digital GmbH in Germany, the unit dedicated to Company Building and Digital Transformation. Andreas has twenty years of entrepreneurial, operational and consulting experience ranging from investing into and ramping up business to leading global initiatives for multinational companies. Before joining Deloitte he was an active investor and entrepreneur in digital space. He served as CMO and Member of the Executive Board of the Swiss industrial group Von Roll and as SVP Global Marketing of the high-tech industrial group Oerlikon. Prior positions were Manager at BBDO and Product Manager at Johnson&Johnson. He also co-founded, built up and sold an award winning media start up in Germany after his career start at Beiersdorf and BCG. His main focus is on global marketing & sales, business and digital transformation and change management. Andreas holds business degrees from ESCP Europe and completed the Stanford Executive Program (SEP) at Stanford GSB.

Christophe Collinet

Director Marketing & Strategy, Fitness First Germany

Bio: Christophe Collinet (33) has joined Fitness First Germany in March 2014. He is leading the Marketing & Strategy department and is a member of the management board. Mr. Collinet is responsible for the development and implementation of Fitness First Germany’s strategy in close co-operation with the Managing Director. Additionally, he is in charge for Fitness First’s brand and product management as well as external communications. Business intelligence, business development with strategic partners and strategic projects also belong to Christophe Collinet’s responsibilities. In his role, he strives for Fitness First to become the leading lifestyle and fitness brand in Germany and to inspire people to go further in life – every day! Prior to joining Fitness First, Mr. Collinet worked as senior strategy consultant at Monitor Company and later at Monitor-Deloitte Strategy Consulting. He started his career as strategy consultant (2009-2010) and was quickly promoted to senior strategy consultant (2010-2013) and manager (2013-2014). He has led large strategic projects with Fortune 500 and DAX companies with focus on commercial strategies and organizational transformation. Mr. Collinet holds a threefold Master’s degree (Diplom-Kaufmann, MSc. & Diplôme de Grande École) in International Management from ESCP-Europe School of Management in London, Paris and Berlin.

Emma Barry

Fitness Director, Equinox & Soulcycle

Bio: A founding member of Les Mills International Emma has spent the last 20 years pioneering the fitness movement to create a fitter planet. A global citizen of the world, Emma has held senior roles in product development, global training, education and organisational culture. She was the first International Master Trainer to take Les Mills International programs to the world and in addition to her love of instructing was a personal trainer and television presenter for fitness segments and adventure shows. Currently she is the director of programming for Equinox and based in Los Angeles. She is passionate about continuing to make a difference in the lives of millions.

Jonathan Fisher

CEO, Holmes Place

Bio: In 2007, at the tender age of 26, Jonathan Fisher joined Holmes Place as CEO. Founded by his father, Allan Fisher, it was the third time Jonathan was approached to take on the position. The decision was probably right, as Holmes Place now boasts a $250m turnover. Jonathan Fisher brought to the table a large array of skills and an enthusiasm for sports retailing that he developed while working for an offshoot of Holmes Place. In his work at the company, Fisher definitely has shown some slightly less conventionalism in how he runs things, which he probably gained while deeply immersed in yoga and his search for spiritual practices throughout the world. He summed up his philosophy for Holmes Place as follows: “the majority of the population still doesn’t exercise on a regular basis and the industry needs to be more open-minded about what it provides. I feel things will move in a more holistic direction, and I’m proud to be at the forefront of that. We don’t want to be prescriptive; the Holmes Place culture is a way of searching out a variety of solutions. We want our clubs to be supportive, to be a springboard on people’s journeys to getting the best out of life.”

Karsten Hollasch

Partner Corporate Finance, Head of Consumer Business & Transportation Germany, Deloitte

Bio: Karsten Hollasch is a Corporate Finance Partner in Deloitte Düsseldorf with a focus on transaction services for various Corporate and Private Equity clients. In addition he heads the industry segment Consumer Business & Transportation (including the Sports Business Group) in Germany. His career started with three years experience in auditing and accounting at Deloitte in 1994. From 1997 – 1999 he gained industry experience in the luxury goods industry as a finance director for TAG Heuer. In 1999 he rejoined Deloitte in transaction services. Karsten has advised on numerous transactions in the health & fitness segment in the last 15 years and is responsible for various studies on this market in Germany and Europe.

Kristian Gotsch

Client Services Director, EMEA, Two Circles

Bio: Kristian Gotsch, Client Services Director EMEA at Two Circles, is overseeing the quality and innovation of Two Circles work across EMEA and is based in Switzerland. Part of ESP Properties, a WPP Company, Two Circles works with some of the biggest rights owners, from international sports federations to fitness centres, clubs and leagues to improve customer experience, increase revenue and enhance their partner proposition. Kristian was born in Copenhagen and has 20 years' experience using data to help organisations grow commercial revenue through better customer engagement. Having started out as a consultant at PwC, where he managed international CRM projects, he moved on to Microsoft and then T-Mobile. Following on from this, he moved into the sports industry with the Dutch Premier League (Eredivisie) running all data, insight and customer engagement projects and developed fan engagement projects throughout European football. During his time at Two Circles, Kristian has led projects for a variety of different rights owners, helping them build stronger relationships with their customers and participants.

Luis Huete

Professor, IESE Business School, Barcelona

Bio: Luis Huete holds a Law Degree, an MBA from IESE Business School, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Boston University. He was a Fulbright Scholar and his dissertation on commercial banks' services strategy was awarded by the Decision Science Institute Award as the best dissertation of the year in 1988. He has worked as a researcher at Harvard Business School developing scientific material and taking part in a research project sponsored by Bell Communications. He has been a professor at IESE Business School since 1982 and has lectured in Harvard Business School's Achieving Breakthrough Service and Advanced Management Programs. As a visiting lecturer, Luis regularly participates in advanced management programs at leading business schools. In addition, he collaborates regularly with the corporate universities of ISS (Denmark), Omnicom (USA), OMG (UK), Telefonica (Spain), etc. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and industry gatherings and has provided training and consulting services to the top executive teams of more than 700 companies in 70 countries in the five continents, including more than half of the firms listed in Spain's Ibex 35 stock market index. Luis is the author of twelve management books, including the best sellers "Lideres que hicieron historia" (2017), "Liderar para el bien Común" (2015), "Construye tu sueño" (2006) and "Servicios y Beneficios" (1999). His articles are regularly published in business publications.

Nerio Alessandri

President, Technogym

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