Annecy 2018 Head Resigns

Ed Grospiron, CEO of Annecy 2018, announced Sunday he is resigning his position as CEO of Annecy’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Grospiron made the announcement during a meeting Sunday of the bid’s supervisory board.

Christian Monteil, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, told the Associated Press, “he will no longer be general director. We will have to recruit someone to replace him, that is for sure, but we will keep good relations with him”.

The meeting Sunday included members of the Supervisory Board, Jean Claude Killy, French International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, and Bernard Accoyer, President of the National Assembly.

The bid’s progress was reviewed and according to a press release it was decided to “pull out all the stops” to strengthen Annecy 2018’s international promotion strategy. The bid committee plans to hire personnel capable of boosting the bid’s international profile.

Following a long session the Annecy 2018 Supervisory Board confirmed its ambition to pursue the French bid for the 2018 Games and to submit its bid book to the IOC on January 11.

In consultation with Killy and Accoyer, the Supervisory Board has drawn up a new budget that totals 20 million euros.

Annecy is bidding against PyeongChang and Munich for the 2018 Winter Games.