A very sad farewell to AMF legend, Bent Petersen 1932 – 2014



    20141121BentPetersen.jpg QubicaAMF is saddened to hear of the passing of former Executive Vice President, Bent Petersen, who died peacefully at home on 21 November 2014.

    Bent, a much loved and respected member of the AMF family, retired from the company in 1998 after 36 years of loyal service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Julia, children Karin, Jens and Anne Marie, grandchildren and great grandchildren at this sad time.

    Bent joined AMF in 1962 in Sweden and was heavily involved in the development of bowling in Sweden and Denmark. The first AMF centres in Denmark were opened during that time and both Sweden and Denmark are two major bowling markets today.

    In 1965 he transferred to Japan for a short assignment and which lasted for 11 years. Bent's major achievement there was the establishment of a joint venture with C-Itoh to develop and promote bowling in Japan, which then saw phenomenal growth and went on to become the biggest market outside USA. In 1970 he had become president of AMF's operations in Japan and the Far East.

    From Japan, Bent Petersen transferred to the United Kingdom in 1976 with responsibilities for Europe and the Middle East.

    In 1980, Bent move to the USA as President of AMF International and was based at AMF's International Headquarters in New York. His brief this time was to introduce and develop bowling into a new market every year - one of these was Korea which entered the bowling market in a big way and again tenpin bowling has proved to be a tremendously popular leisure and sport activity.

    1988 Bent returned to the UK from where he handled all bowling sales to countries outside the United States.

    From 1995, Bent Petersen was responsible for the development of bowling in Eastern Europe and the Indian Sub-continent. The first 8-lane state-of the-art-centre opened in Moscow in the Autumn of 1997 and another 15 centres followed close behind.

    Bent Petersen looked after the Bowling World Cup until 1998 when he retired to Spain. The BWC is the most prestigious amateur singles tournament on the bowling calendar where countries send their best man and woman to compete in this annual event for the best amateur man and woman bowler in the world.

    The funeral service will take place on Monday 1st December at St Giles Church, Church lane, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England, SL2 4NZ.

    Anne-Marie Board
    QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Manager