Former adidas Managing Director joins Team Vitality as Co-CEO
Welcome Guillaume de Monplanet !
Guillaume de Monplanet will leverage his 20 years of experience building some of the biggest lifestyle brands in the world such as adidas and Reebok to mastermind Team Vitality’s global expansion, and oversee its growth into a brand that drives culture.
Paris: 11th March, 2021: Leading global esports organisation Team Vitality is pleased to announce the appointment of Guillaume de Monplanet as its Managing Director and Co-CEO who joins with over 20 years of experience in the sports and lifestyle industries, including at iconic sportswear brands adidas and Reebok. Having established themselves as a pinnacle esports organisation, Team Vitality has brought Guillaume onboard to elevate its goals of global expansion with physical foundations already set in India and Germany.
The arrival of Guillaume de Monplanet is a major turning point in Team Vitality’s history as it looks to achieve its goal of being a world leader in the esports industry. It’s also a key moment for the sector as one of the most influential business leaders, responsible for building some of the biggest brands around the world, joins the industry. Following the recent recruitment of ex professional Olympic handball player Bruno Martini, the announcement furthers Team Vitality’s strategy to grow with the expertise and experience from pioneers in the sports world.
Guillaume de Monplanet’s move to Team Vitality marks his entrance into the esports industry, having spent the last eight years at adidas where he was the Managing Director for adidas France, overseeing full P&L and overall organisation responsibility for 700+ employees. As part of his role Guillaume drove forward and overhauled the infrastructure of the organisational branch, with a new HQ and management team which focused on diversity and inclusion. Prior to adidas, Guillaume was the Country Brand Director in France for Reebok where he spearheaded the brand’s positioning and growth which included its integration into the adidas group.
In his role at Team Vitality, Guillaume will utilise his background in brand management and growth, as well as his experience of working in cities across the globe to help with Team Vitality’s international expansion and brand awareness. He will also work on refining the organisation’s structure in order to ensure efficiency is part of its foundation, as the brand looks to strengthen its position outside of the esports industry.
“With Reebok and adidas I was very fortunate to grow and cater for two of the most influential global youth culture brands. Rooted in esports, I believe Vitality has the potential to be part of that group of brands. What the team has achieved in just 8 years is amazing. The level of talent and creativity demonstrated everyday at V.Hive and Stade de France, as well as at our international premises, is just stunning. I am looking forward to exploring a new industry and hope my business and leadership expertises will help Team Vitality reach new heights globally. ” said, Guillaume de Monplanet, Managing Director and Co-CEO, Team Vitality
“Vitality has been an amazing journey for the last 8 years and we couldn’t be prouder of what we already achieved. However, we still want to push further to reach the highest heights and this is precisely why we wanted to bring in someone able to carry us to the next level. Guillaume has been a perfect match from the get-go and I’m super humbled and excited to start working with him. Together, we aspire to make Vitality the best esports team in the World. This isn’t our dream, it’s our objective. Also on a more personal note, I’m certain that collaborating with Guillaume will be a fantastic learning experience.” added, Nicolas Maurer, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Team Vitality
Since its inception in 2013, Team Vitality has grown into one of the most notable esports organisations and home to some of the industry’s best esports players who compete in the biggest global esports titles. Over the last six month, Team Vitality has continued to build upon its esports legacy, most recently announcing its expansion efforts into India and signing a roster in one of the industry’s most advancing games, VALORANT. Team Vitality is also partnered with some of the biggest brands from across tech and lifestyle including adidas, Orange, Philips, Aldi and Corsair.