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Director General


Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland (Hybrid)



Deadline/Expiry date:


About the job

About ISU

ISU governs some of the most popular and prestigious winter sports and most watched sports during the Olympic Winter Games. 

  • Founded in 1892
  • Oldest International Federation (IF) in winter sports
  • 1st winter sport included in the Olympics was Figure Skating (Summer Games, London 1908)
  • No. of Members: 101* (Incl. National Federations and Clubs)
  • 80 countries in 6 continents represented
  • Established as a Swiss association (under Swiss law) with the office location in Lausanne, Switzerland


Fast-spreading outside the traditional winter sports countries (8 such countries joined membership since 2015).

The ISU governs 2 branches and each branch has 2 disciplines:

Figure Skating branch

  • Figure Skating
  • Synchronized Skating

Speed Skating branch

  • (Long Track) Speed Skating
  • Short Track Speed Skating


Responsible for organizing 50+ ISU Events per season

  • World Cups and Grand Prix (also for Junior skaters), European Championships, Four Continents Championships, World Championships


Key revenues come from

  1. IOC contribution
  2. Broadcast rights sales
  3. Sponsorship


Role & Responsibilities

  • Develop overall strategy and plans with KPIs (annual, short-term, long-term) and oversee their implementation to ensure they are aligned with the vision and objectives set by the Council.
  • Report directly to the President and the Council, and advise on various issues.
  • With experts, find and develop opportunities for revenue growth and diversification to ensure the long-term financial health of the ISU.
  • Monitor and analyse trends in sport, and present ideas and recommendations on how the ISU’s products can be more attractive to grow the sport, bring in younger fans and be commercially successful with partners (e.g. sponsors and broadcasters).
  • Cooperate with Vice Presidents of both Speed Skating and Figure Skating branches to supervise and improve seasonal calendars, competition structures and Event Management to organize attractive, high-quality events.
  • Manage & enhance relationships with the internal and external stakeholders (incl. IOC, AIOWF, Members, President, Council, staff, organizers, ISU sponsors and Rights Holding Broadcasters).
  • Ensure smooth, timely and accurate communication between the internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage and optimize the ISU Secretariat in line with changes made regarding the ISU objectives, priorities and vision.
  • Lead and manage various Functional Areas (FAs) of the ISU.
  • Recruit and retain talent through nurturing the ISU Secretariat staff to help them realize their professional potential. Build a strong senior management team.
  • Negotiate, close and co-sign agreements and provide support as needed to ISU legal counsel to resolve legal issues.
  • Support various athlete development, safety and wellness programs with the aim of providing high quality services and resources to the athletes to protect their welfare and well-being.
  • Ensure transparent, accurate and complete disclosure of the ISU’s finances, conducts, procedures and policies, in compliance with the ISU Constitution, government laws and regulations.
  • (These responsibilities are indicative and not exhaustive. The Director General will be expected to carry out additional duties as well.)


Key Attributes & Skills

  • Visionary leader with passion, energy, strong motivation and a “can do” mindset to achieve the ISU’s vision, mission, values and strategies
  • Proven success in leading various Functional Areas (FAs) in a complex, fast-paced, international, multi-cultural and multi-stakeholder environment, including experience in crisis management and conflict resolution.
  • Extensive experience (20+ years) in the international sports in the Olympic Movement or related commercial industries
  • Strength in the areas of revenue generation, new business development and innovation
  • Strong understanding of sponsorship, broadcasting, media and communications
  • Experience working with experts in the legal and finance fields
  • Calm under pressure, decisive and adaptable
  • Transparent, open, positive, interpersonal and accessible with ability to inspire and command respect, as well as being a team player to work professionally with various stakeholders
  • Politically astute, diplomatic and consensus builder with the courage of one’s own convictions
  • Language: English (fluent), French (working-level)
  • Commitment to live and work in Lausanne


All applications for this position must be lodged via SRI, please contact ISU@sriexecutive.com.

Contact email: isu@sriexecutive.com

Closing Date: 3rd of February 2023

Salary: Competitive 

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