Caroline Kuyper Will Be CEO of 2027 Alpine World Ski Championships In Crans-Montana

Caroline Kuyper will be CEO of the Organizing Committee of the 2027 Alpine World Ski Championships in Crans-Montana. She will take over the task of operational director of the title fights on the Valais high plateau on January 1, 2023.

Four months after the FIS World Ski Federation awarded the contract for hosting the Alpine Ski World Championships in 2027, the Board of Directors of the Organizing Committee in Crans-Montana has found the desired solution for the CEO position in Caroline Kuyper. The 58-year-old from French-speaking Switzerland with Dutch roots has excellent knowledge of organization, project management, finance and strategy based on her previous work. She gained professional experience in business, in public administration and in international sport.

For the past two decades, she has been with Nestlé, leading management and finance. In 2012, Kuyper took on the role of CFO at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was responsible for the entire financial management of the Summer Olympics in London and for parts of the organizational preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

As a result, in 2015 she moved to the Federal Statistical Office as Deputy Director, where she also headed the Resources and International Affairs department. Since 2021, Kuyper, who took part in the first snowboard world championships of the then International Snowboarding Federation (ISF) as an athlete in 1993, has been working at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) as Associate Vice President for Investments, after four years as Vice President for Finance the EPFL had been. The passionate active sportswoman (alpine skiing, ski tours, sailing, cycling) plans to move her residence from Lake Geneva to Crans-Montana as quickly as possible.

"I would like to thank the board of the organizing committee for this wonderful opportunity and for the trust they have placed in me. My love for Valais already manifested itself during my youth when I was actively involved in ski racing. Since then I have felt a close connection to the region. So I am delighted to be settling here,” says Caroline Kuyper. "It is an honor for me to take over the operational management of the Alpine Ski World Championships. In four and a half years, I am striving to put the athletes at the center of world title fights that meet current requirements and that are both modern and future-oriented. I am convinced that I can count on the support of everyone - the population, the authorities and experts from the world of skiing"

"We are very pleased that we have succeeded in winning Caroline Kuyper, an exceptional personality and absolute specialist for the position as CEO of the Alpine World Ski Championships 2027 in Crans-Montana," says Urs Lehmann, President of Swiss-Ski and OC President of the Alpine Ski World Championships 2027. "In addition to many years of experience in management positions at major companies and institutions, Caroline Kuyper has a large political and economic network as well as sound knowledge and relationships at the highest level of international sport - not least through her previous Working for the International Olympic Committee (IOC)."

"For the Crans-Montana region, the canton of Valais and Switzerland, the Alpine Ski World Championships 2027 are an event of the greatest importance: we will be the international capital of skiing for two weeks and we want everything to work perfectly. Caroline Kuyper's professionalism and experience will generate a successful and efficient dynamic between the various actors involved in the organization of this major international event. And it is very gratifying that a woman is bringing her personal management style to an area that has so far been dominated by men," adds Nicolas Féraud, Vice President of the Organizing Committee of the Alpine Ski World Championships 2027 and President of the Crans-Montana Municipal Association.

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