Vancouver 2010

Vancouver 2010

May 18, 2006 22:41 ET

Vancouver 2010 Readies for Operational Phase of Games Preparation with Leaner Executive Team Including New Head of Construction

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 18, 2006) - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today announced a number of internal structural changes that will create enhanced efficiencies in decision making and add significant venue construction and project management expertise. The changes, originally contemplated to occur following the Torino 2006 Games, are being made as part of the normal evolution of a Games Organizing Committee from the preparation to operational phase.

"It's very common for Organizing Committees to evolve their organizational structure as their Games draw nearer and the focus of work moves from planning to operations," said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer for VANOC. "These changes were made to add talent and create a framework for decision-making at the most senior levels to achieve our ultimate goal of staging the best possible Games," he said.

By combining departments with operational synergies, including Sport with Technology and Legal with Finance/Administration, the Organizing Committee now reflects a more operational Games-time structure.

The new organization structure effectively reduces the number of Executive Vice Presidents who directly report to Chief Executive Officer John Furlong from nine to seven and therefore creates a leaner, more nimble decision-making structure. VANOC's Executive Vice President team now includes Dave Cobb, Dan Doyle, Rex McLennan, Cathy Priestner, Donna Wilson and Terry Wright.

Dan Doyle has been appointed Executive Vice President of Construction with full responsibility for venue construction. Doyle most recently served as BC's Deputy Minister of Transportation and brings to VANOC more than 30 years of engineering experience with the Province of British Columbia. He oversaw implementation of the multi-billion dollar privatization of road and bridge maintenance in BC, and led the development of the Sea-to-Sky Highway project. After almost two years with VANOC as Senior Vice President of Venue Construction, Steve Matheson is leaving to pursue other interests.

"My family and I are thrilled to be joining Vancouver 2010's team," said Dan Doyle. "I am deeply committed to the Games and grateful to have the opportunity to provide direct input into a project that will add such positive and lasting legacies to our city, province and country."

"With the 2006 Torino Winter Games now complete, the new structure approved by the Vancouver 2010 Board will ensure that VANOC has the most effective and efficient leadership and organizational structure to address the significant growth and operational challenges in the next three to four years," said Jack Poole, VANOC Board Chair. "The VANOC Board welcomes Dan Doyle to the team and recognizes Steve Matheson for his tremendous dedication, integrity, passion and expertise to the planning of the Olympic and Paralympic venues."

"We are creating an organization and a culture that encourages high-performance, continuous improvement and excellence among our people and our partners. I believe our team has made extraordinary progress, and I am confident that this new structure will foster even greater achievements in the future," concluded Furlong.

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