Boston 2024 Bid Chairman Appointed

Transcript from release by Boston 2024 Bid as follows :

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Thank you for your support of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games. I cannot think of a greater transformative opportunity for our city than to welcome the world in 2024, showcasing our unique character and the unifying spirt of sport in ways that will leave lasting benefits for Boston and for the Olympic and Paralympic movements for generations to come.

The Games are about more than sport; they are a symbol for what is best about each of us. Wherever the Games are held, people around the globe stop and watch the world’s greatest athletes compete. Through their examples on the field of play, we see the Olympic values of friendship, fair play and excellence in action. This is the gift of the Games and this is what I want our city and its young people to experience first-hand in 2024.

To prepare for this amazing opportunity in front of us, the Boston 2024 Partnership is aligning its leadership with key phases of developing a winning bid. Effective today, the Board approved my role as Chairman of the Bid. With deep gratitude to John Fish, who successfully led us to be chosen by the USOC to represent the U.S. in the pursuit of the 2024 Games, I am honored that John asked me to play this role in the next phase of the three-year bid process. John remains very active in the leadership of the bid. We owe him tremendous gratitude, and I am thrilled that he remains on our Board as a vice chairman.

As a leadership team with complementary skills and experiences, we’re focused on a collaborative process for our Games planning. We are working with community partners, elected officials, Olympians and Paralympians, the USOC, our Board and the dedicated Boston 2024 staff and volunteers to develop by June 30 a fiscally responsible, privately-funded Games Concept – one that reflects the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, that integrates seamlessly with the City of Boston’s vision for Boston’s future and that will create a meaningful legacy for Boston and for the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

We also announced today these updates to our leadership and governance of the Boston 2024 Partnership:

Peter Roby Joins as Vice Chair

Peter, Director of Athletics and Recreation, Northeastern University, joins our partnership as vice chair of the Bid and as a director of the Board. As a former men’s basketball head coach at Harvard University, marketing vice president at Reebok and director of Northeastern’s Center for Sport in Society, Peter’s informed insights will help integrate the region’s world-class educational institutions and focus on scholar athletes with the broader Bid planning, strengthening Boston’s differentiated advantages on the international stage.

Jack Connors and Larry Lucchino Named Senior Advisors

We are also adding two Senior Advisors to the bid: Jack Connors and Larry Lucchino. Jack is a founding partner of Boston-based advertising agency Hill Holliday and serves as an influential leader in numerous philanthropic and community efforts. He was also instrumental in creating Camp Harbor View, a summer day camp that serves more than 900 urban children each summer. Jack will advise Boston 2024 leadership on strategies to effectively position the strong attributes of Boston’s education, innovation, culture and sports communities to key stakeholders around the world.

Larry, now in his 14th year as President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, has led the organization during an era of unprecedented success. Together with principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, and their partners, the ownership group has created an organization that saved Boston’s renowned Fenway Park, established the Major League Baseball record for consecutive sold-out games, and most importantly, ended an 86-year wait with a dramatic World Championship in 2004, followed by additional World Series victories in 2007 and 2013. Larry will remain in his role with the Red Sox while volunteering his services to advise and guide the Boston 2024 team.

Committees of the Board of Directors

In our continuing efforts to strengthen the governance of our bid, Boston 2024 is forming committees of our Board, which serve oversight roles in the operational, financial and governance matters of the organization.

The Executive Committee provides leadership direction on the Bid’s operational progress, especially related to venue planning, financing, and the athlete experience. It is led by me and includes the following:

Scott Blackmun, CEO, United States Olympic Committee

Cheri Blauwet, Boston Marathon winner, Paralympian, and M.D. at Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Christopher Collins, Co-founder and managing partner at First Atlantic Capital, LLC

William “Mo” Cowan, retired U.S. Senator, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ML Strategies LLC, Of counsel, Mintz Levin

Roger Crandall, Vice Chair, Boston 2024, Chairman, President and CEO, MassMutual Financial Group

Anita DeFrantz, Olympian, USOC Board Director, and member of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board

Brian Doherty, Secretary Treasurer, Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District

John Fish, Vice Chair, Boston 2024, CEO, Suffolk Construction

Carol Fulp, President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.

Thomas J. Keady, Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Boston College

Meb Keflezighi, 2014 Boston Marathon winner and Olympian

Michelle Kwan, Olympian and member, U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University

Robert Popeo, Chairman, Mintz Levin

Larry Probst, Chairman, USOC Board of Directors and member of the International Olympic Committee

Robert Reynolds, President and CEO, Putnam Investments

Peter Roby, Vice Chair, Boston 2024, Director of Athletics and Recreation, Northeastern University

Angela Ruggiero, Olympian, USOC Board Director, and member of the International Olympic Committee

The nominating and governance committee of the Board will be chaired by Carol Fulp. Through Carol’s support, we plan to continue expanding our Board, bringing in the expertise and experience from more members of our community and the Olympic and Paralympic family.

This is an extraordinary time for our city. I am confident that Boston 2024 is the right bid at the right time – not only for our city but also for the Olympic and Paralympic movements. I believe you’ll agree that…

Our unparalleled educational prowess and innovation will help reinvent the Olympic Games by delivering on Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

Boston 2024 will help advance the City of Boston’s 2030 vision, especially in areas that include job creation, affordable housing and improved transportation, leaving an invaluable Olympic legacy for the people of Boston and the Commonwealth.

Boston’s sustainable approach to delivering an easily accessible experience for athletes and spectators will set a new standard for the Games – benefitting our city and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

Our commitment to developing a fiscally-responsible, privately-funded Games will provide economic and social stimulus and demonstrate new models for hosting successful worldwide and world-class events.

We are uniquely positioned to captivate an audience of tomorrow’s leaders with the values of Olympism via the 250,000 students in Boston each year.

There is no doubt that Bostonians are passionate about the unifying spirit of sport. Let’s all work together to bring the world’s greatest sporting event to our great city. It’s time to bring the Games back to the U.S., right here in Boston.

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