Chicago 2016 Exec Heads to USOC‎

A struggling USOC is searching for a new CEO for the second time in six months

By Susan Ball
|  Thursday, Oct 15, 2009  |  Updated 3:11 PM CDT
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One of the core members of the failed Chicago Olympic bid team is getting a promotion.

Patrick Sandusky, the former spokesman and Vice President of Communications for Chicago 2016 was appointed Wednesday as the new Chief Communications Officer for the United States Olympic Committee.

"We are delighted that a talent of Patrick's caliber is joining the USOC team," said Stephanie Streeter, acting CEO of the USOC. "His many years of experience with the Olympic Family through the London and Chicago bids, with sponsors of international sporting events, and his broad media background will be invaluable in assisting the USOC to navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead," Streeter said.

Sandusky previously worked on London's successful 2012 bid before joining Chicago 2016 three years ago.  As the previous vice-president of the sports marketing practice at Hill & Knowlton in Chicago, Sandusky was a key part of Patrick Ryan's inner circle, Crain's reports.

 "I am looking forward to the months ahead, working closely with the USOC leadership team as the organization moves forward with preparation leading into the Vancouver Games," Sandusky said.

Sandusky will work at the USOC from October to April 2010, Crain's reports.

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