IOC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR LEAVES POST
Lausanne, 22 November 2000 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced with regret today in Lausanne the resignation of Franklin Servan-Schreiber, the organization’s director of communications and new media.
Mr. Servan-Schreiber guided the IOC’s communications during its crisis and reform periods as well as during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He also directed the overhaul of the IOC’s web sites and the development of innovative media tracking and analysis mechanisms.
“Mr. Servan-Schreiber played an integral part in the IOC administration over the last years. He led the IOC’s effort to enhance its communications at a time when we faced much criticism, and he did well. His contributions, creativity, and energy will be hard to replace, but I understand his desire to pursue his true interest – the Internet,” said the IOC President.
“Working with the IOC has been an incredible experience, and the organization has provided me with great opportunities. However, over time, I found myself being able to devote less and less time to my love of exploring the applications of new media. The time is right, after Sydney and before the preparations for Salt Lake enter their final stages, for me to leave and concentrate my energies once again on the Internet,” commented Mr. Servan-Schreiber.
Mr. Servan-Schreiber’s resignation is effective as of January 5, 2001, after which he will return to Paris. One of his initial projects will be developing an interactive web-based project in conjunction with the IOC.
Mr. Servan-Schreiber was hired by the IOC in October 1998 and was promoted to director of communications in April 1999.