POSTED: September 6th 2008

Time for Davies to move on

Giselle Davies: leaving after six years /
Giselle Davies: leaving after six years /

Special Correspondent / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: A new director of communications is needed by the IOC with the departure after six years of Giselle Davies.

During her time in Lausanne, IOC Davies led the creation of an integrated communications strategy for the IOC across digital, print and media relations. She will formally leave later this year.

Urs Lacotte, the IOC’s director-general, said: “Giselle leaves a great legacy here. She’s successfully navigated the IOC through many communications challenges, and done so with poise, confidence and grace. We’re going to miss her.”

Davies, 39, joined the IOC after six years in Formula One with the Benetton and Jordan teams. Previously she worked for PR and sponsorship agency Scope Sponsorship (now Ketchum). Her father, Barry, is one of British television’s senior sports commentators.

“I have enjoyed six fun, fascinating, and eventful years,” said Davies, “and am proud of what the communications team has achieved. Beijing was the most phenomenal high to leave on; these Games and their build up presented challenges that really only come along once in a career.

“Now is very much the right time for me to start a new chapter, both personally and professionally.”

Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, paid his own tribute, saying: “Giselle is an accomplished communications professional and we have benefited greatly from her counsel and leadership.”

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