Honorary Officers

Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone 
Honorary President
Honorary Chairperson of the Board of Justice and Ethics

Born on 13 March 1924 in Milan, Italy, Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone was a avid athlete in sports such as archery, rowing, equestrian, trap shooting, sailing and long-distance swimming. He was President of the Italian Archery Federation from 1969 to 1981; the federation grew from six to 60 affiliated clubs during his tenure.

He worked with the International Olympic Committee to introduce a separate team round competition at Games, which debuted at the Seoul 1988 Olympics and has remained part of the event ever since. He also introduced the 1440 Round (then Grand FITA) and restructured World Archery’s governance by giving more scope to the Executive Board and continental associations.

Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone also served as member of the Italian National Olympic Committee and the GAISF Council.

James L Easton 
Honorary President

A life-long supporter of archery, Jim Easton became President of Jas D Easton sports equipment company in 1972, expanding its operations and launching charitable foundations for the development of sport in 2007.

Elected to the position of World Archery President in 1989, he continued the drive for modernisation by revolutionising the competition format for archery at the Olympic Games, turning it into a spectator- and broadcast-friendly matchplay round that quickly proved a success.

After becoming a Member of the International Olympic Committee in 1994, Jim was elected Vice President and Member of the Executive Board in 2002.

Jim’s other achievements included organising the 1983 World Archery Championships in Los Angeles, acting as commissioner of the archery event at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games – as well as being Mayor of the Athletes’ Village at UCLA and Vice President of Technology for the organising committee – producing all but one Olympic Games archery film from Munich 1972 to Athens 2004, being the founding donor of the World Archery Development Foundation and serving on the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors.

Paul H Paulsen 
Honorary First Vice President

For nearly two decades, Paul Paulsen was a member of the World Archery Executive Board. Initially as a member, he joined Council – as it was then known – in 1993, became Vice President in 2003 and then First Vice President in 2005. He retired from the Executive Board in 2011. In his role, he was responsible for environmental policies and attended several International Olympic Committee conferences. Paul also served as President of the Norweigian Archery Federation.

Paul, a teacher by profession, was awarded a gold plaquette for services to archery in 2011.

Chung Mong-Koo 
Honorary Vice President

Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo received the James A Van Fleet Award for outstanding contributions to the promotion of USA-Korea relations in 2009, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. He shared the year’s award with former USA Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. He was made World Archery Honorary Vice President in 1997 after 11 years as chair of the Asian Archery Association and 12 as the chair of the Korean Archery Association.

Honorary Treasurer

World Archery’s Treasurer from 1979 to 2005, Gianni Mangino then acted as chair of the organisation’s Finance and Audit Board from 2005 to 2007 before becoming Honorary Treasurer. He was also an international judge.

Gianni was awarded a gold plaquette for services to archery in 1999.

Klaus Schulz 
Honorary Chairperson of the Constitution and Rules Committee

A technical official at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and then technical delegate for Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, Klaus Schulz was a member of the World Archery Judge Committee from 1985 to 1991 and then a member of the Executive Board from 1991 to 2003. He is considered the father of the modern World Archery Rulebook and Constitution and was at the origin of the transformation into laws and by-laws in his role as member of the Constitution and Rules Committee from 1991 to 2011. He served as the latter’s chair for 12 years until 2007.

Klaus, a teacher by profession, was awarded a gold plaquette for services to archery in 2001.

Ann Webb 
Honorary Chairperson of the Para Archery Committee

Ann Webb was chair of IPC Archery before the transfer of governance of para archery to World Archery from the International Paralympic Committee. She drove that transition within World Archery as well, serving as chairperson of World Archery’s Ad Hoc Para Archery Committee from 2005 to 2009.