Overwhelming interest in Paris 2024 director general post
A total of 61 applications have been received for the post of director general of Paris 2024, the organising committee for the Olympic Games in that year, it has emerged.
Interested candidates had until 1 December to submit their applications to Odgers Berndtson, the executive search firm, with interviews to be conducted by a panel representing Paris 2024 stakeholders, and an appointment set to be made before Christmas.
Étienne Thobois, the favourite for the role, having occupied it during the bid phase, is on the list, as is Jérémy Botton, the former general manager of the French Tennis Federation.
Last month, Tony Estanguet, the erstwhile bid president who himself is occupying the equivalent position with the organising committee, was forced to defend the decision to advertise for a director general, noting: “I was a bit torn because I have every confidence in Étienne Thobois, but it’s important to open the position to candidates to mark the start of a new stage.”