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Paine Elected to FIS Council 

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
June, 6 2024
Dexter Paine
The new FIS Council poses after the election in Iceland. (FIS)

PARK CITY, UT (June 7, 2024) - U.S. Ski & Snowboard proudly announces Dexter Paine's election to the International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) Council. This decision, made at the FIS Congress meeting on June 5, 2024, is a testament to Paine's unwavering dedication and significant contributions to snowsports. 

“I am honored to be elected to the FIS council,” said Paine. “I plan to work collaboratively to ensure the growth and prosperity of our sports, always putting our athletes first. With my experience in the Olympic and Paralympic world and connections within the U.S. network and the FIS council, I feel confident I can provide a unique perspective moving forward and continue to uphold the council's values while acting on the tremendous potential we have.” 

Paine, a trailblazing figure in skiing and snowboarding, has dedicated more than 30 years to national and international governance. He currently serves as a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Board of Directors, is on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation Board and is involved in the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games bid, a preferred host for 2034. Paine was also Chairman of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board of Directors for 13 years, was on U.S. Biathlon’s Board of Directors for four years and has been involved as an Executive Committee member of three FIS World Championships. He was previously a member of the FIS Council from 2014-22. Beyond the snowsports realm, he boasts 25 years of investment experience and 35 years in the private equity industry, demonstrating his leadership and expertise that transcends industries. 

“Dexter is known for his vision, dedication and knowledge of snowsports and is highly respected for his commitment to the athletes and their futures,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “I’ve seen what Dexter can do in this world and the leadership and trust he provides. I am grateful to have him on the FIS Council and look forward to working with him as we chase the momentum and continue advocating for the interest of our athletes and federations worldwide.”

“Dexter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the FIS Council,” said Kipp Nelson, Chairman of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board of Directors. “He is well respected in the industry and we know that he will continue to bring positive change to our sports, which he is also very passionate about.”

Effective immediately, Paine will serve on the FIS Council and work alongside existing and newly elected council members, upholding the mission, vision and values of FIS and the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

Elected Council Members

  • Deidra Dionne (CAN) – reelected 
  • Tove Moe Dyrhaug (NOR) – new member 
  • José María “May” Peus España (ESP) – new member 
  • Anna Harboe Falkenberg (DEN) – new member 
  • Michael Huber (AUT) – new member 
  • Freddy Keirouz (LBN) – new member 
  • Karin Mattsson (SWE) – new member 
  • Tzeko Minev (BUL) – reelected 
  • Aki Murasato (JPN) - reelected 
  • Alexander Ospelt (LIE) – new member 
  • Dexter Paine (USA) – new member 
  • Jean-Philippe Rochat (SUI) – new member 
  • Flavio Roda (ITA) – reelected 
  • Fabien Saguez (FRA) – new member 
  • Enzo Smrekar (SLO) – reelected 
  • Franz Steinle (GER) – reelected 
  • Fiona Stevens (NZL) – reelected 
  • Martti Uusitalo (FIN) – reelected