My Career Story: Thierry Maudet, CEO, National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP)
Published: 23 Nov 2012
Current role: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP) – Paris, France
Previous role(s): General Inspector of the Youth and Sports, Ministry of Sports (now Ministry of Sports, Youth, popular education and clubs and societies)
Education: Master’s degree (law and economy of sport), Institute of Political Studies (IEP, Sciences Po – Paris, France)
Date of Birth: 30/03/1953 (La Rochelle, France)
GlobalSportsJobs: When was your big break in your career?
Thierry Maudet: “My two spells at the Central Administration of the Ministry of Sports – the first one from 1986 to 1990 (audits and methods) and the second one from 2004 to 2007 (deputy of the Director of Sports).”
GlobalSportsJobs: What was the best piece of career advice you ever received?
TM: “The major importance of a paper or report and the need to inform all employees precisely and very regularly.”
GlobalSportsJobs: What was the biggest challenge or your most difficult decision of your career so far?
TM: “At the start of my career, it was making the choice to join the public service. When I started working at the Ministry of Sports I was retained to manage one of the sites of the 1998 Fifa World Cup, and that was a big challenge.”
GlobalSportsJobs: Tell us about INSEP, and what is the latest news in terms of your recruitment and expansion plans?
TM: “The Institute develops an ambitious strategy in opening and welcome different people - from French federations, foreign delegations, private companies etc. – and we have to mobilise specific skills connected with development in the areas of organisation, marketing, finance and more. At the same time, INSEP also continues to adapt the executive recruitment process in more traditional areas such as medicine, physiotherapy, training and research."
GlobalSportsJobs: What sort of applicants are you looking for at INSEP? What sort of qualities should they have?
TM: “We are looking for people with a very strong capacity to adapt who have high-level technical skills and a passion for sport.”
GlobalSportsJobs: How important were your years of experience in sports development before you took your current role?
TM: “They were very important, particularly in the field of football and tennis, as I was an athlete, coach and manager.”
GlobalSportsJobs: How important do you believe it is to be bilingual, or able to speak several languages, in the modern sports industry?
TM: “It is the most important thing. It is a competence that we ask for today for new recruits, and not only within our international relations department."
GlobalSportsJobs: What would be your key piece of advice for someone starting out in the sports industry?
TM: “Work with ambition and listen to everyone.”
GlobalSportsJobs: What are your future career aspirations?
TM: “I am delighted by the job that I occupy at the moment as it is concerned with the management of a very interesting project and it is a very diverse job. The Institute is also a fabulous place for experimentation and application. We are always asking questions such as: Why do you undertake such actions? How do we realise these goals? How to estimate them?”