Former PMO Communications Chief Joins COC Executive Team
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TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)
today named Dimitri Soudas Executive Director, Communications. Soudas
will report to Chief Marketing Officer, Derek Kent, effective October
Soudas, a highly respected communications leader, with a decade of
experience in communications, marketing, advertising, public opinion
research and media relations, served as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's
Director of Communications and Chief Spokesman.
"Dimitri's leadership experience in communications, his background in
government and understanding of global affairs, makes him an
outstanding addition to our executive leadership team," said Chris
Overholt, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
"His work ethic, energy and communications professionalism will help
drive our organization and the Canadian Olympic Team brand aggressively
Soudas, a fluently bilingual Montreal native, will provide overall
direction, management and a strategic view for all COC communication
activities, both internally and externally. He will be a key corporate
spokesperson and be responsible for managing its brand message. He will
play a key role in driving communications strategies with its
stakeholder and partner groups: athletes, National Sports Federation's
(NSF's), Organizing Committees, Sport Canada, broadcast partners, and
business partners. He will manage the COC communications team and be
the lead communications representative at Olympic Games. Soudas will be
based at the COC's office in Toronto and will also work from the
Montreal and Ottawa offices to ensure that the national scope of his
responsibilities will be fulfilled.
''I am thrilled to join the Canadian Olympic Committee and looking
forward to working with athletes, NSF's and leaders like Marcel Aubut,
Chris Overholt and Derek Kent and the entire Canadian Olympic Team,"
said Soudas. "I am extremely proud to join this great Canadian
organization at such an exciting time in the lead-up to the London
Olympic Games in 2012."
In addition to his executive communications responsibilities, Soudas was
a key advisor to Prime Minister Harper on Quebec issues. He has proven
experience in communications and brand building nationally and
internationally. Soudas moved to Ottawa in 2002, shortly after Mr.
Harper became leader of the Canadian Alliance and Leader of the
Official Opposition. In 2006, Soudas joined Prime Minister Harper in
government, initially as press secretary. He was promoted to director
of communications in spring 2010.
Soudas is fluent in English, French, and Greek and speaks Spanish.
About the Canadian Olympic Committee
The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all
aspects of Canada's involvement in the Olympic Movement, including
Canada's participation in the Olympic, Youth Olympic and Pan American
Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement
in Canada through cultural and educational means. For news and
information, visit the COC website at www.olympic.ca and find the team on both Facebook (Canadian Olympic Team) and Twitter
For further information:
Riley Denver, Communications Coordinator, Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel.: (416) 324-4143, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org