Glasgow 2014’s Commercial Director John Donnelly is to leave the Games’ Organising Committee, it was announced today (Thursday, May 10). Mr Donnelly, whose role included developing the brand, sponsorship, licensing and merchandising and ticketing strategies as well as selling the international broadcasting rights for the Games will leave the organisation by agreement at the end of June 2012 after three and a half years in post.
Both parties have agreed that, as the Organising Committee moves into a more operational phase a different approach is required for the next stage in the Games cycle. A recruitment process is underway to appoint his successor.
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee said:
“John has made a significant contribution to ensuring Glasgow 2014’s commercial programme is further ahead than any previous Commonwealth Games in terms of commercial revenues secured at this stage of our preparations.
"All the team at Glasgow 2014 wishes John well for the future. We have a strong commercial team in place, transitional arrangements are agreed and we have commenced our search for a new Commercial Director as we progress confidently to the next stage of delivering an outstanding and successful Commonwealth Games.
"We look forward over the coming weeks and months to unveiling many more of the world-class commercial partners who will share this history-making journey with us.”
John Donnelly said:
“The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be the largest and most exciting multi-sports event ever to take place in Scotland and I have been proud to have played a part in bringing it to life.
“I wish David and the Glasgow 2014 team every success as they move on the next stage of the journey towards delivering an athlete centered and sports focused Games of which Glasgow and Scotland can be proud.”