The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has appointed Sébastien Gillot as director, European regional office and international federation relations.
Gillot will take up his new position in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 13th August.
Gillot joins from the International Cycling Union (UCI), where he has served as head of communications since 2014.
Prior to that, he held numerous communications and stakeholder engagement roles in the sports industry. From 2011 to 2014, Gillot was the director of public relations and communications for the International Boxing Association (AIBA), while in 2011 he worked as manager of communications for the Annecy 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid committee.
In 2011, Gillot also served as editor-in-chief at the Global Sports Forum Barcelona 2011 with Havas Sports & Entertainment. In 2003 to 2011 he was the lead editor of the digital platform of soccer’s global governing body, Fifa, and from 2001 to 2003 he held the position of communications coordinator for French club soccer’s Paris Saint-Germain.
In a press release, WADA said that in the new role, Gillot will ‘reinforce WADA’s mission by ensuring that the agency’s objectives are successfully met’.
This will include leading the agency’s support to international federations, as well as other anti-doping organisations and stakeholders in Europe, in their development of effective anti-doping programmes that are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.
Gillot replaces Benjamin Cohen, who will be leaving WADA in the coming weeks to become the first director general of the new International Testing Agency (ITA).