POSTED: November 9th 2012

Rio 2016 making changes with Sidney Levy as new CEO

Iconic Copacabana Beach will be a centerpiece of the Games / Rio 2016
Iconic Copacabana Beach will be a centerpiece of the Games / Rio 2016

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November 9 – The organizing committee for the Rio 2016 games announced today a shift in top level management and current CEO Leonardo Gryner now takes over as Chief Operations Officer and Sidney Levy is the new CEO.

The announcement today explained that the “goal is to increase its capacities in different areas of the project, as well as improving internal procedures and coordination between all areas”.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and head of Rio 2016, said, “All initiatives are part of the restructuring that begun in June, as the new stage of preparation after the London 2012 Games.

“This will contribute to planning and delivery with excellence for the Rio 2016™ Games. Leonardo Gryner has long Olympic experience, having been involved in all Olympic Summer Games since 1976, and having been part of the Rio 2016™ bid, and therefore has all the credentials to lead all operational areas of the Games.”

The new CEO has a degree in Production Engineering from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), a Master in Engineering from COPPE (Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Engineering) at UFRJ and also specialized in Administration at the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland, home of the IOC.

His background also includes being in charge of several companies in Brazil, Spain and England.

From 2005-2007 he was President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro and since 2007 has been a member of the Board of the Rio de Janeiro State Water and Sewage Company (CEDAE), he was with the Ediouro Publishing Company since 2006, and Ancar Shoppings since 2010.

Levy was thrilled at the new position and said, “I would like to thank Carlos Nuzman for the opportunity he has given and Leonardo Gryner for the warm welcome. I am sure that I will have lots to learn from their long experience in the Olympic Movement and I will bring my experience from the corporate world, which I hope will contribute to the success of one of the most important projects in the history of this country. Participating in this Olympic journey will no doubt be a unique opportunity in my working life.”

Levy is set to start work on January 1st however he will take part in the International Olympic Committee Debrief of London 2012 taking part November 17 in host city Rio.

Keywords · Rio 2016 · Leonardo Gryner · Sidney Levy · Carlos Arthur Nuzman · summer Games

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