VANCOUVER, June 27 /CNW/ - Jack Poole, Chairman of the Board of the
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC), informed members of the board and the VANOC executive team
today that in early July he will undergo surgery. The surgery is required to
treat a pancreatic tumour, and a procedure necessary to ensure he enjoys a
permanently healthy digestive system.
The Vancouver General Hospital's surgical team is recognized across North
America for its expertise in this surgery and has treated hundreds of patients
successfully with the same process. According to Mr. Poole's surgeon, he can
expect a full recovery given the tumour's location, early stage of development
and his excellent physical condition.
"This is an exciting and busy time for VANOC. My priority is to ensure
that Board business continues as usual in the event of my temporary absence,"
said Poole. "I won't be out of action for very long, as I have a superb
medical team, good health overall and a Games to get ready for."
In accordance with normal corporate governance, in the event Mr. Poole
does not attend the next regularly scheduled VANOC Board of Directors meeting,
on July 18th, the directors will collectively appoint a board member to act as
interim chair for that meeting.
"For as long as I've known him, I've wished that I had even half the
energy of Jack Poole," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "His
total commitment to everything in life, including the 2010 Winter Games, is
unwavering. We look forward to his return to full good health."
Jack Poole has served as Chairman of the VANOC Board of Directors since
October 28, 2003. He joined the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation in September
2001 as CEO and became chairman of the board in 2002. A full biography is
available at vancouver2010.com."
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.
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