POSTED: February 8th 2017

Marla Messing and Peter Tomozawa appointed to critical LA 2024 leadership positions

(L-R) Marla Messing and Peter Tomozawa © LA 2024
(L-R) Marla Messing and Peter Tomozawa © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles (LA) 2024 Bid Committee announced two new appointments to their team earlier today. Marla Messing will serve as Vice President and Executive Director of Sport Leader Relations and Peter Tomozawa as Vice President and Executive Director for Partnerships and Board Relations.

Los Angeles is bidding against Budapest and Paris to host the summer Olympic Games.

LA 2024 CEO, Gene Sykes commented, "We're thrilled to welcome Marla Messing and Peter Tomozawa to our executive team to contribute their expertise and management of our important relationships with local, domestic and international stakeholders. Messing's wealth of experience and vision in leading world-class sporting events and Tomozawa's extensive public and private sector financial experience will be invaluable as we put together the best possible bid to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to Los Angeles."

Messing brings valuable experience of hosting major sporting events after serving as the President and CEO of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. In her new position, Messing will handle the committee's relationships with domestic Olympic and Paralympic stakeholders, along with American sports leaders and national governing bodies. She will also work with leading California and LA tech innovators to ensure the seamless incorporation of technology into LA 2024's plans to deliver a new Games for a new era.

"It is a great honor to join LA 2024's talented team and oversee relationships with American national governing bodies and sports leaders, a crucially important group of stakeholders in ensuring LA 2024's Games Plan delivers the best possible experience for both athletes and fans. Having been at the helm of past global sporting events, I know that delivering a world-class event requires having a nuanced understanding of the needs of athletes. LA 2024's excellent relationship with sport leaders from around the world ensures that our Games plans are informed by their valuable insights and feedback every step of the way," expressed Messing.

Moreover, LA 2024 will be able to utilize Tomozawa's vast knowledge. He formerly the Executive Director of Business Development for Honolulu Mayor, Kirk Caldwell. While there, Tomozawa negotiated a governing finance agreement for a $6 billion rail project, as well as other notable achievements. In his new role, Tomozawa will aid LA 2024 refine their sustainable, low-risk, and high-tech Games plan by managing relationships with board members and institutional partners.

Tomozawa stated, "Los Angeles is uniquely suited to delivering a transformative Games in 2024. Not only is LA blessed with ideal weather and a wealth of existing, world-class infrastructure, but the city also has a vibrant network of creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the way the world works, plays and communicates. I look forward to helping LA 2024 partner with Los Angeles business, labor and community leaders to deliver a New Games for a new era for the Olympic Movement."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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