James L Easton
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.