New EY initiative to recruit elite athletes

Sport and business
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

2 March 2017

EY has announced a partnership with Athlete Career Transition to help elite athletes move into a career in business after sport.

The new initiative aims to provide the necessary resources for sportspeople to transition into the professional work environment with practical experience and guidance.

Athlete Career Transition (ACT), an organisation that identifies, matches and places athletes in global business environments, will screen potential employees from their pool of candidates and oversee the recruitment process at EY.

Nancy Altobello, Global Vice Chair for Talent at EY, said: “Elite athletes thrive in a culture of high-performing teams, and their perseverance, drive and leadership are all transferable qualities that are incredibly beneficial for business.

"The skills and experiences they possess will contribute to our purpose of building a better working world.”

We’re thrilled to support the talented male and female athletes as they make their foray into business careers at EY.

In 2016, the EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) launched an experimental pilot programme, hiring nine female Rio 2016 competitors from six countries as interns.

Nancy said: “The success of the EY Rio 2016 intern programme demonstrates the tremendous opportunity our organisation, as well as others, have to harness the leadership potential of elite athletes. We’re thrilled to support the talented male and female athletes as they make their foray into business careers at EY.”

The link between success in sports and in business has also previously been highlighted by ICAS One Young CA Rimla Akhtar MBE and Paralympian Naomi Riches MBE.

Candidates from the Winter Olympics, Paralympics, British & Irish Lions rugby tour, Women’s Rugby World Cup and the National Football League (NFL), are expected to begin the EY programme in summer 2017. 

Steve Moore, ACT Co-Founder, CEO and former Welsh International Rugby Union player, commented: “The same dedication athletes use to reach the top of their game in sport can be applied in professional business settings, and we’re committed to maximising this by working closely with each athlete to ensure a smooth transition into their new careers at EY.”


ICAS is hosting an Insights session on 'Leadership lessons in sport' in London on 29 March 2017. Tickets are still available.

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