Jean Claude Blanc to become INEOS Sport CEO
- INEOS has announced that Jean Claude Blanc will become the CEO of INEOS Sport.
- Jean Claude Blanc’s sports management pedigree is extensive, covering the Olympics, cycling, tennis and football.
- Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Chairman of INEOS said, “I am delighted to welcome Jean Claude as CEO of INEOS Sport with his many years of experience across different sports. We have high ambitions for all our sports teams with a particular ambition to raise our standards in football and Jean Claude will bring an entrepreneurial and innovative flair to all our teams.”
INEOS has announced that Jean Claude Blanc will join the INEOS executive team as Chief Executive Officer of INEOS Sport, beginning in February 2023.
In his role, Jean Claude will oversee all of the INEOS sports portfolio covering Football, Formula 1, Sailing, Cycling, Rugby and Running. In this he will work closely with Dave Brailsford who will focus on world class performance management. The responsibility for execution and delivery in sports remains with each sports team CEO.
Jean Claude’s extensive international experience in sports will help INEOS to develop their investments in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, OGC Nice, FC Lausanne Sport, Racing Club Abidjan and the INEOS Grenadiers cycling team, and INEOS’s sponsorship of the British Challenge for the 37th America’s Cup, the All Blacks rugby teams and the Eliud Kipchoge running team.
Jean Claude will be responsible for the development of state-of-the-art dedicated facilities for each of the teams that INEOS owns, developing their business plans and growing their global brands, as well as developing them into a global integrated Sports Group.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Chairman of INEOS said, “I am delighted to welcome Jean Claude as CEO of INEOS Sport with his many years of experience across different sports. We have high ambitions for all our sports teams with a particular ambition to raise our standards in football and Jean Claude will bring an entrepreneurial and innovative flair to all our teams.”
Jean Claude Blanc declared, “I am very honoured and proud to join Jim Ratcliffe and his impressive INEOS executive team. I am looking forward to helping to build and further develop all existing INEOS sports assets and to guide, along with the INEOS Sport Board, each of the existing sport executive teams to even greater success.”
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About INEOS Sport
INEOS Sport is a group of some of the world’s leading, high performance teams, consisting of 100% ownership of OGC Nice, Lausanne Sport and Racing Club Abijan in football and the INEOS Grenadiers professional cycling team and part ownership of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team. In addition, the performance partnership includes sponsorship of Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Britannia sailing team for the 37th Americas Cup, sponsorship of the New Zealand All Blacks and all the Teams in Black in rugby and sponsorship of Eliud Kipchoge’s running team in Kenya.
About Jean Claude Blanc
Jean Claude Blanc is currently Directeur General Délégué of Paris St Germain, where he has been since 2011. Prior to that he was Chairman and CEO at Juventus which he joined in 2006 and orchestrated their return to top flight football. Between 2001 and 2006 he was Managing Director of French Tennis, responsible for the French Open at Roland Garros as well as the Paris Masters series and all French based Davis Cup matches.
From 1994 to 2000, he was CEO of Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the owner and operator of France’s most iconic sporting events including the Tour de France and Paris Roubaix in cycling the Paris Dakar rally in motorsport and the Paris Marathon. He not only boosted ASO’s revenues and global reach but also launched an all-news TV network, L’Equipe TV.
Between 1987 and 1992, he worked closely with Jean Claude Killy on the organisation of the successful Albertville Olympic Games in 1992. He holds an MBA from Harvard.