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Award for Olav Thorstad T


he 2014 European Club Leadership Award was awarded to Olav Thorstad last month,


at the 14th Annual IHRSA European Congress. Thorstad joined SATS in


November of 2007 as country manager for Norway. Less than two years later, in June 2009, he was promoted to CEO for all activities in SATS Holding, which operates across the Nordics. During 2013, a merger


process between SATS and Elixia was initiated. This was finalised in June of 2014 and Thorstad was appointed CEO of the new joint company – named Health & Fitness Nordic – which now operates more than 200 clubs and caters for over 550,000 members. Not only has the company grown tremendously under Thorstad’s leadership, but all markets the health and fitness company is operating in have grown as well.


“Thorstad is a visionary and has a holistic view on the industry,” wrote Rasmus Ingerslev, CEO of low-cost operator Fresh Fitness – also part of Health & Fitness Nordic


– in a letter to IHRSA nominating Thorstad for the award. “Thanks to this holistic vision, he initiated operations in the low-cost segment, through Fresh Fitness, in 2010. This makes Health & Fitness Nordic one of the few cross-segment operators in Europe. “In addition to the health clubs, Health & Fitness Nordic also owns SAFE, a company educating instructors for the fitness industry – another way of helping the industry grow. “This complex operation


requires great leadership, strong understanding of business cultures and the ability to attract and retain talent who share your vision. And that’s what Olav Thorstad is – a great leader.”


Olav Thorstad: “A visionary and a great leader”


More keynotes announced for IHRSA 2015 T


hree more keynote speakers have been announced for the 2015 IHRSA Annual Convention & Trade Show, which takes place in Los Angeles in March, joining futurologist Magnus Lindkvist (see HCM Oct 14, p29) in the line-up.


Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, will present ‘Redefining Success: The Third Metric That Can Benefit Your Bottom Line’. She has been named on Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Author and columnist Adam Bryant will present ‘Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation’. Bryant has over two decades’ experience as a reporter and editor at both Newsweek and The New York Times.


About IHRSA


Founded in 1981, IHRSA – the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association – is the only


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global trade association, representing more than 10,000 health and fitness facilities and suppliers worldwide.


To learn how IHRSA can help your business thrive, visit www.ihrsa.org. Locate an IHRSA club at www.healthclubs.com


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L-r: Arianna Huffington, Kelly McGonigal and Adam Bryant


Author and Stanford University lecturer Kelly McGonigal will speak on ‘The Willpower Instinct’. In 2010, Forbes named McGonigal one of the 20 most inspiring women to follow on Twitter.


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