POSTED: June 13th 2017

Olympics: LA 2024 names new key roles after IOC proposal for 2024/2028

(L to R) Lenny Abbey and Jared Schott © LA 2024
(L to R) Lenny Abbey and Jared Schott © LA 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles 2024 bid has announced several new key roles today that may wind up as positions on a future organizing committee for an Olympic Games. Following Friday's IOC EB decision to award both Olympics Games in this campaign for 2024 and 2028 it looks as though LA has gone forward to start branching out.

Jared Schott has taken the role of Director of International Relations and Assistant General Counsel, Games operations expert Lenny Abbey joins as Director of National Olympic and Paralympic Committee Relations and Operations, and finally Andrew Chatzky will come onboard as LA 2024's International Relations Manager. Chatzky will work side by side with Schott and they will promote LA 2024's strategic outreach to members of the Olympic Family as the bid committee continues to communicate its low-risk, sustainable and innovative Games Plan.

"We're very pleased that Lenny, Jared and Andrew have Followed the Sun to join our team in Los Angeles," said LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes. "The City of Angels has the world-class facilities and public support necessary to deliver extraordinary Games, and their experience and dynamic thinking will help us tell NOCs, NPCs and the IOC the story of what LA can do for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement."

Abbey brings the experience of working with five summer and winter Games and his role will be to refine and communicate LA 2024's plans for optimizing the Games experience for National Olympic Committees (NOCs), National Paralympic Committees (NPC) and their teams.

He said, "It's an honor to put my experience at the service of a bid that is redefining what it means to deliver sustainable, high-tech and low-risk Olympic and Paralympic Games. I am thrilled to be part of a team that is totally dedicated to delivering the best possible experience for NOCs, NPCs and most importantly their athletes - throughout their Games build-up and the Games themselves. Having worked on a number of Games, I'm proud to tell NOCs and NPCs the story of why Los Angeles is the right city at the right time to deliver the conditions their athletes need to make history." 

He recently served as Head of NOC and NPC Relations and Services for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee, overseeing the department responsible for representing and liaising with the 206 NOCs and 179 NPCs participating in the Rio 2016 Games, and their 15,000 athletes.

Abbey was born in Sudan and has lived and worked in 10 different countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe plus is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Jared Schott just came from the World Bank's Governance Global Practice and, before that, he was with the United Nations, within UNMIL's Rule of Law Pillar.

He has experience as a special adviser to the Governments of Liberia and Palau, and working with civil society in Kosovo. Schott graduated from Stanford University and he received his JD and LLM from New York University School of Law, where he was a Dean's Scholar and Junior Fellow at the Institute for International Law and Justice.

Schott said, "As a native Angeleno, it's an honor to work on my city's bid to host the 2024 Games. I grew up seeing the positive, unifying effect the 1984 Games had on our communities, and I am thrilled to be a part of bringing that excitement back to the City of Angels. I believe LA is the right city to host the Games at an important time for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements."

The IOC is pushing forward an unprecedented decision to award two editions this campaign as President Thomas Bach feels like with two such high level candidates such as Los Angeles and Paris they want to try for a win win by naming two host cities. The next step will be the IOC Extraordinary session in July where the plan will be put forward to the membership.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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