JOHN PETERSSON – IPC Presidential Candidate
A Champion for the Movement
Sport means fun, health and passion. However, I know that the elite sports level also requires determination. Winning 15 Paralympic medals, of which 6 gold, in swimming during my five Paralympic Games did not come easy. I have learned to work hard for success. Even today, sport is still a big part of my life and that of my family. While my kids are all grown-up now, they are a permanent reminder to work hard, to support the youth every day and to ensure sport is accessible for everyone.
— 1984 —
2 Gold Medals
2 World Records
The Paralympic Movement, with the athletes and the Paralympic Games at the heart of it, contributes to the development of great athletes but also to a more balanced society. As an advocate for the Movement, I have held a number of key positions since 2000. I have further built close relations to a broad variety of international decision-makers, ranging from the Olympic movement to the European Union and the United Nations. As IPC President, I wish to use my experience to further enhance the Movement’s focus on its key roles in both sport and society.
of the Executive Committee in the DANISH SPORTS ORGANISATION FOR DISABLED / NPC DENMARK since 2000
of the DANISH PARALYMPICS WORKING GROUP Beijing 2008 and London 2012
Since 2013, I have been proud Member of the IPC Governing Board. Collectively, the Governing Board is the representative of the IPC General Assembly. The Governing Board is responsible for setting the policies of the Paralympic Movement, and for ensuring that the directions set by the Membership are implemented world-wide.
The Paralympic Movement has become more complex as it has become a global business. Through my career as an Executive Director at Ernst & Young and Managing Partner of my own company, I have learned how to handle complex financial operations and how to lead people through a consultative and participative approach. In 2014, I founded my own finance and auditing consultancy and a successful management firm, which quickly grew to a 40-person team. For my candidacy, I took the decision to sell my consultancy, allowing me the flexibility and independence to run for IPC presidency.
Bachelor in Business Economics and Mathematics
Copenhagen Business School in 1993
Master of Science Degree in Business Economics and Auditing
Copenhagen Business School in 1997
State Authorised Public Accountant
Danish Chamber of Commerce
As family man I love spending spare time with my wife Brigitte and my children Mads and Katja. And doing sports together as a family, my kids remind me about working hard for my aims to support the youth every day.