Leaders of business and industry have been named among the final five people who will be the President and independent directors on the Board of the Brisbane Organising Committee for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (OCOG). The five comprise: Andrew N. Liveris AO (President) Chairman Lucid Motors and Blackrock Long Term Private Capital. Former Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company. Former student Brisbane State High School and The University of Queensland. Rob Scott Olympian. Silver medallist rowing 1996 Atlanta. President and Chairman Rowing Australia. CEO and Managing Director Wesfarmers Ltd. Sarah Kelly OAM. Associate Professor Marketing and Law – The University of Queensland, Deputy Chair Brisbane Lions AFLFC and Tourism and Events Queensland. Queensland leader of the Minerva Network mentoring professional sportswomen with women business leaders. Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to sports administration and tertiary education. Brett Clark Founder and Managing Director ePharmacy. Managing Partner Chemist Warehouse Qld and Northern NSW. Chairman Queensland Rugby Union. Former Director Queensland Ballet. Brett is well known for philanthropic and community work including Mater Little Miracles and Bridgeworks. Shelley Reys AO. Past Co-Chair Reconciliation Australia, CEO Arrilla Indigenous Consulting. Instrumental in events including The People’s Walk for Reconciliation, Parliament’s Apology to the Stolen Generation, Australia Day and the Australian of the Year Awards. Partner and Board Member KPMG Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments had worked closely to select leaders who would bring the experience, skills and drive that would help make the Games a success. “These Games aren’t just an opportunity for our next generation of sporting talent, but they’re an opportunity to further unlock the potential of Queensland and spread the benefits across the country,” the Prime Minister said. “The Board of the Organising Committee represents some of this country’s most successful leaders who will ensure the 2032 Games are the world’s best ever.” The Premier and Minister for the Olympics Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Board reflects a breadth and depth of experience that also has its heart firmly in Queensland. “This will be the biggest single transformational event in a generation,” the Premier said. “Our job is to honour the commitments I made to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) but also provide a lasting legacy for our State and I am confident that is exactly what we will achieve.” The five new independent directors join 16 other directors who come from diverse backgrounds, including multiple Olympic and Paralympic representatives. Other board members include John Coates AC, Vice President of the IOC and the President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), the President of Paralympics Australia Jock O’Callaghan, Brisbane Lord Mayor The Right Honourable Councillor Adrian Schrinner, three-time Olympian Bronte Barratt OAM OLY and the triple Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley AO PLY. Adrian Schrinner Lord Mayor of Brisbane City Council said the critical stage of forming the OCOG Board for Brisbane 2032 was an important step forward. “We are officially off and running now with the Board announced, and with 10 years to go we have time to ensure Brisbane is ready to be on the world stage in 2032.” John Coates said Andrew Liveris is well-known to the IOC as the Chair of a former worldwide sponsor of the Olympic Games and the IOC is well-known to him. “He adds tremendous value and international credibility,” Mr Coates said. “The strong representation of Olympians and Paralympians on the Board will ensure athletes remain the focus of our preparations.” Mr Jock O’Callaghan, President of the Australian Paralympic Committee said Brisbane 2032 was already setting a new standard. “I am pleased to see the diversity of the Board, with representatives advocating for our First Nations People, and voices championing accessibility, inclusion, and the regions to ensure tangible and meaningful conversations are had at the Board table,” Mr O’Callaghan said. Mr Liveris, the newly announced President of the OCOG Board, led Dow as a TOP (The Olympic Partner) sponsor of the IOC in 2010, becoming the Sustainability Partner to create the ‘Green Olympics’, with London 2012 being the first of its kind in minimising the impact of the Olympics on the environment. Recycling technologies for building materials and water management were introduced, as well as designing and implementing carbon emissions and climate change strategies. Mr Liveris said he expects his new role will be one of the greatest and most satisfying opportunities to contribute to Australia. “I have worked around the world and I have always attributed my success to my study at the University of Queensland, so Brisbane holds a special place in my heart,” Mr Liveris said. “I am honoured to have been asked to make an important contribution to our State and nation in this critical role.” The Board will ensure the OCOG raises revenue through sponsorship, philanthropy, ticketing and Brisbane 2032 merchandise, manages the temporary overlay and operation of the venues, and recruits the Brisbane 2032 volunteers, to make the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games a memorable and successful experience for all. The inaugural meeting of the OCOG Board will be held later this month. The Board of the Brisbane Organising Committee for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (OCOG)
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