The 53-year-old Pascal Grizot has two passions in his life: business and golf. He spent 20 years of his life setting up and buying major retail companies, and in 2001 became, in association with Carrefour, the biggest franchisee in Paris. In 2006, he disposed of all his shareholdings, with the exception of his security company CPS, which he had founded 20 years earlier. Since then he has helped found Novescia, now France’s leading medical biology group; acquired stakes in industries as varied as communication (EGC & Associées), flower delivery (Interflora) and golf equipment (Golf Challenge); and has launched a structured products fund (Crystal Investissement).
Away from the business world, Pascal has also proved himself to be a talented golfer, winning a number of individual titles (28 grands prix and the French Amateur Championship) and team competitions (18 French and two European championships and the Anderson Memorial). A vice president of the French Golf Federation’s Elite Committee, he has also been the captain of France’s men’s teams for the last seven years, presiding over the country’s maiden Eisenhower Trophy win in 2010 and, a year later, victory in the European Amateur Team Championship, an event in which the French finished second in 2007.
Pascal’s greatest triumph, however, came in taking charge of the Ryder Cup project and playing an instrumental part in France being selected to host the prestigious competition in 2018. Drawing on all his creative and lobbying skills, he built up a fruitful and constructive relationship with the European Tour, with his attention to detail proving crucial in bringing the Ryder Cup to France.