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05 Sep 2008
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The IOC announces Giselle Davies, Director of Communications, to leave organisation

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announces that Giselle Davies, its Director of Communications, has decided to leave the organisation after six years service.
Davies joined the IOC in 2002. During her tenure she created the IOC’s Communications Department’s current structure and team, and performed a critical role as a member of the IOC’s senior leadership team during the Athens 2004, Torino 2006 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
“Giselle is an accomplished communications professional,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “The IOC, its leadership, members and staff, have benefited greatly from her counsel and leadership and we wish her all the best as she moves on to enjoy new and different challenges.”
Davies said “I have enjoyed six fun, fascinating, and eventful years and am proud of what the Communications team has achieved. Beijing was the most phenomenal high to leave on; these Games and their build up presented challenges that really only come along once in a career. Now is very much the right time for me to start a new chapter, both personally and professionally. I will leave the IOC after the Beijing 2008 debrief towards the end of this year and then enjoy some down time before exploring options for 2009 and beyond. I wish the IOC and the Olympic Movement all the best for continued success.”
During her time with the IOC Davies has led the creation of an integrated communications strategy for the IOC across digital, print and media relations. “Giselle leaves a great legacy here,” said IOC Director General Urs Lacotte. “She’s successfully navigated the IOC through many communications challenges, and done so with poise, confidence and grace. We’re going to miss her.”
Notes to Editors
Giselle Davies, 39, is a graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and joined the IOC in 2002 after six years in Formula One working for the Benetton Formula One and Jordan Grand Prix teams. Previously she worked for PR and sponsorship agency Scope Sponsorship (now Ketchum) on a number of sports and arts properties, including the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race.
For more information please contact Emmanuelle Moreau, Media Relations Manager, on +41 79 637 3017 or contact the IOC Communications Department on +41 21 621 60 00, email:
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