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Rasmus Ingerslev as Chairperson 

IHRSA Announces Rasmus Ingerslev as Chairperson for 2016/2017 IHRSA Board of Directors

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, announced during IHRSA 2016, the association’s annual convention, that Rasmus Ingerslev, executive vice chairman of Wexer Virtual, will be the 2016/2017 chairperson of the IHRSA Board of Directors. His term will begin July 1, 2016.

Rasmus Ingerslev, the IHRSA Board’s first non-North American chair, is an experienced fitness industry entrepreneur who successfully developed and sold fitness dk and Fresh Fitness, two of Denmark’s largest health club groups. He is a past recipient of the IHRSA European Club Leadership Award, and is a co-founder of the Danish Fitness & Health Organization (DFHO). Rasmus resides in Sweden with his wife Mauna and two young children, Isabel and Victor.

“IHRSA is an international organization, with members from over 70 countries and attendees at the recent IHRSA 2016 from 80 countries. The board's election of Rasmus as their next chair emphasizes that fact,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. "Rasmus has enthusiastically supported IHRSA and the industry in a variety of capacities through the years. And now the staff and I look forward to the energy and commitment Rasmus will bring to his term as board chairperson."

Rasmus will take over the reins as Chairperson in July from Molly Kemmer, regional director for EXOS | MediFit, who will serve an additional year on the board as Ex-Officio. "I look forward to continuing to work closely with Rasmus, the board, and the IHRSA staff, to serve the industry and the association's members. Rasmus brings a tremendous breadth and depth of experience regarding organizational growth, as well working with boards of directors. The association is fortunate for his leadership."

The incoming chair is very thankful for the confidence of his fellow board members by voting him into this role; but also comfortable, as there is full alignment with IHRSA’s core purpose; to grow, promote, and protect the industry and his 18-year tenure in the industry. In regards to what he brings to the table and outlook on the future, Ingerslev is optimistic.

“My foundation for success has been innovation, often including technology, but more than anything networking! I am a true believer in Success By Association, IHRSA’s slogan, and look forward to bringing my best efforts and experience into the chairmanship for the benefit of the organization and the industry. We have taken on a big task, wanting to reverse the global inactivity epidemic. But if we, being IHRSA, our partners and members, can continuously move the needle just a little bit forward in regards to the number of people we help lead better lives through exercise, we are a success.”

About IHRSA

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. IHRSA's events provide a vast array of speakers on business and corporate culture, instructional sessions on all aspects of succeeding in the health club industry, social events to mix and mingle with peers, and the most spectacular trade shows in the industry.


For additional information, please contact
Rasmus E. Ingerslev, 
rasmus@wexervirtual.com, or Meredith Poppler, pr@ihrsa.org.

For bios and photos of current board members, please visit ihrsa.org/board