Even if his name might only be known to insiders so far, Sandro Pertile is an acknowledged winter sport and especially Ski Jumping expert. His appointment as FIS Race Director for Ski Jumping was no real surprise, the Fiemme valley native was in the inner circle of candidates for the succession of Walter Hofer right from the start.
Pertile was competing in Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined until 1986, from 1997 - 2003 the trained accountant was the chief of competition at international FIS events in Italy.
Since 2002, Sandro Pertile has been a Technical Delegate (TD) at FIS World Cup events more than 100 times. He is considered a communicative team player and widely popular among the Ski Jumping community.
The sports manager, as the future Race Director calls himself, lives in Predazzo (ITA) together with his wife and two daughters. His experience is impressive, also beyond his work as Ski Jumping TD:
Sandro Pertile was the athletic director for the nordic disciplines in the Italian Ski Association from 2014 - 2018. In addition, he played a vital role in the success of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun (SWE), for which he was an external adviser.
In his hometown of Predazzo, Pertile was responsible for the TV and marketing as the marketing director of the organizing committee for World Cups and World Championships from 2008 - 2013.
The winter sports enthusiast speaks Italian, English, and German and is looking forward to his new task: "First of all, it's a great honor that the FIS President and the FIS Council have decided to nominate me as FIS Race Director starting from the 2020/2021 season. I want to thank them for their trust.
It will definitely be a real challenge when Walter Hofer will retire at the end of next season. He has been doing an excellent job for many years and I learned a lot from him over the last 20 years. I'm really looking forward to working with him and the entire FIS staff.
I'm also looking forward to the tasks ahead and together with all the members of the Ski Jumping family, I'll do my best so that the sport of Ski Jumping will remain on the highest possible level", Sandro Pertile said in a first statement.
Pertile will start his job as FIS Ski Jumping Race Director after the 2019/20 winter season, but he will already work alongside Walter Hofer during the course of the upcoming winter.