Olympic Park Legacy Company makes top appointments

The Olympic Park Legacy Company, the company responsible for the long term planning, development and management of the Olympic Park, has announced its first three appointments to its Executive Management team.

Chief Executive, Andrew Altman, said:

“I am delighted to announce these appointments. Each of these individuals is exceptional and first class. They bring tremendous experience and an impressive skill set which balances the best from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, both in the UK and internationally.

“With the first members of our top team now in place, this is an important milestone for the company and will significantly boost our efforts to be a publicly minded and commercially-focused organisation.”

Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Jonathan Dutton, is a qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience in strategic and corporate financial management.

He was Chief Executive of Oasis UK – a worldwide charity working in 10 countries in the fields of education, healthcare and housing and worked closely with the Department for Children, Schools and Families in setting-up the Oasis Academies Programme. He is a former Managing Director with investment banks UBS and Deutsche Bank.

Jonathan was also Chairman of Fulmar, a publicly quoted printing company, and he was most recently the Olympic Park Legacy Company’s acting Director of Finance and Corporate Services.

His appointment takes effect immediately.

Director of Marketing and Communications, Karen Webb has 22 years international experience in communications and brand, corporate and media marketing.

Karen will move to the Company from Visit London and the Greater London Authority where, as Project Director, she has led initial work on the Major Event Strategy for the Olympic Park.

Karen was previously a Director of a London-based sports communications consultancy, having moved to the UK from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) where she was Vice President for Image and Marketing Communications for nearly eight years, leading the development of the Olympic brand and the strategic marketing programmes.

Prior to that, Karen was Marketing Communications Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has also held marketing, communications and corporate affairs roles with the Australian television and drinks industries, having started her career as a journalist.

Karen will be responsible for the overall positioning and promotion of the Olympic Park, which will include the development of the brand, marketing and communications strategy and event programming. She will continue to work with and advise the Greater London Authority across 2012-related areas.

She takes up her appointment on February 1 2010.

Director of Operations and Venues, Malcolm Ross, has over 30 years experience in strategic planning, opening and operating large-scale developments in Europe, the United States and the United Arab Emirates, working in the hotel, resorts, real estate, hospitality, entertainment and leisure sectors.

He will be responsible for the legacy uses of the permanent Olympic venues, including the Stadium and Aquatics Centre, as well as the operations and management of the Park site.

Malcolm was most recently Chief Operating Officer for Seven Tides, Dubai, where he was responsible for mixed-use developments on The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai and London. He was Vice President of Disneyland, Paris, responsible for pre-opening planning and operations of the park and also Vice President for Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida, with responsibility for the operations and development.

He was also Managing Director – Europe for Le Meridien Hotels and successfully opened several new hotel developments. Malcolm takes up his appointment on January 25 2010.

The Company is currently recruiting for four further Directors. They are Director of Urban Design and Planning, Director of Real Estate, Director of Governance and Legal Services and Director of Strategy and Corporate Planning.