Vancouver 2010 banks on the final Furlong
The Board of Directors of the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has announced that John Furlong will be Vancouver 2010’s Chief Executive Officer. Furlong, who was the President and CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, was chosen after a long search process that was overseen by the Board’s Chief Executive Officer Search Task Force.
Experience in sport and sports management
John Furlong has an extensive background in sport and sports management: he is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and has served as co-chair of the British Columbia (BC) Summer and Winter Games and Sport BC. He founded the Northern BC Winter Games Society and was a BC Mission Staff member for seven Canada Games and two Western Canada Games.
The real work begins
The IOC Coordination Commission Chairman for the Vancouver 2010 Games, René Fasel, welcomed the Board’s decision and pointed out that there is no time to waste, “We are very pleased by the Board's decision to name John Furlong as CEO of Vancouver 2010. I look forward to John forming a key part of the team that now has less than six years to prepare. When my colleagues and I arrive for the first Coordination Commission meeting, at the end of March, we expect to find today's interim team has become a fully-fledged Organising Committee.”
Another step forward
The Vancouver 2010 Chairman, Jack Poole, also pointed out that this was the beginning of the end of the transition phase from Bid Corporation to Organising Committee, “Since Vancouver was chosen to host the Games last July, we’ve been making the transition from bid committee to Games organising committee. Today’s appointment takes us another step towards completion of that transition process. John will now begin building the senior management team to lead the preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
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