IOC appoints two new directors

Lausanne, Nov 21, 2013: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it has appointed Ms Lindsay Glassco as International Cooperation and Development Director and Mrs Lana Haddad as Chief Finance Officer.

Ms Glassco currently holds the position of President and CEO of Special Olympics Canada, overseeing all Canadian operations for the organisation, which provides daily sports programmes and competition opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities.

Prior to joining Special Olympics, Ms Glassco was Global Director of Policy and Strategy with Right to Play (RTP), an international NGO whose mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities. In her five years with the organisation, Ms Glassco shepherded a four-year policy initiative – the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group – advocating the use of sport for social change.

Before her tenure at RTP, Ms Glassco spent close to a decade working for the Canadian federal government, including Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, developing policies and programmes in the areas of disability, global health, and Canada’s labour market.

Prior to that, Ms Glassco, based in Geneva and Rome, was an international social development consultant for UN organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), UN Volunteers and UN Development Programme.

A Canadian national, Mrs Glassco will take over from Tomas Sithole, who retires at the end of the year. She will take up her post on 20 January 2014.

The IOC’s new Chief Finance Officer, Dr Lana Haddad, joins from Procter & Gamble International, where she is currently Associate Director, Finance Analysis and Capability Building for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In her 19 years with P&G, Dr Haddad held key global and regional financial leadership positions including the UK, USA, Germany and Switzerland, working as a business partner and advisor to finance and leadership teams. She has a proven track record in business unit management, developing organisation and building diversity.

Dr Haddad is a Global Finance Executive and a fully qualified Chartered Management Accountant who brings a wealth of expertise in financial control and reporting, financial planning, audit, compliance, treasury and cash management.

Earlier in her career, Dr Haddad held several senior positions of Process Engineer and Research and Development Manager with British Gas, developing strong skills in supply chain, project management, purchasing, logistics, manufacturing and people management. Her wide ranging international finance experience and proven management skills will be a great asset to the IOC.

A national from Iraq and the UK, Dr Haddad will begin her work at the IOC in early March 2014.

With the appointment last week of Mr Kit McConnell as Sports Director, the latest appointments complete the IOC recruitment process for directors, and are an indication of the IOC’s commitment to bring on board individuals from different backgrounds and cultures, adding to the diversity of the organization. —- IOC

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