Wednesday 28th October 2020

It’s still early days, but Thierry Delsol, CEO of The Club Company, is quietly optimistic about the group’s recovery, following the coronavirus pandemic.

There’s no doubt that these last few months have been the toughest of his 23-year career with the company, yet in some strange way, he says that the situation has made him even more determined to make the company as successful as possible. “The first six weeks post-lockdown were absolutely dreadful,” he says. “We were facing something completely beyond our control and had no idea how long it was going to last. It was hugely frustrating. But as we started to put plans in place, it felt as though we were building a new business. Don’t get me wrong, we could have done without it, but there’s no point in moaning; we just have to embrace the situation and do as much as we can to get the business back to where it was as quickly as possible.”

The company is recovering better than anticipated, says Delsol, but it is going to take time and no one knows when it will fully recover. “What we do know is that our members have always been, and continue to be, very loyal to our clubs, which gives us optimism about the future,” he explains.

Read the full article in HCM - October 2020 edition