René Fasel (b. February 6th 1950 in Fribourg, Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland) is the current president of the International Ice Hockey Federation. He is also member of the International Olympic Comittee (IOC).
Fasel spent his playing career with HC Fribourg-Gottéron, playing in the club's junior teams and with the senior squad in the National League B from 1960 to 1972. On that year, Fasel retired from playing to become referee; his refereeing career lasted until 1982 and included 37 international matches.
In 1982, Fasel becomes president of the National League A Referees Commission. The next year, he begins his international career, as a member of the Central Committee and president of the IIHF Referees Commission.
In 1992, Fasel becomes a member of the Swiss Olympic Association. Two years later, he becomes president of the IIHF, a position he is still in charge of today. In 1995, he becomes a member of the International Olympic Committee.