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Special Olympics Appoints Mary Davis CEO

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Posted: May 13, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Special Olympics on Thursday appointed an Irishwoman, Mary Davis, as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) worldwide.  She will lead the world’s largest global and grassroots movement for the empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities.  Every day, Special Olympics uses the transformative power and joy of sports to build positive attitudes and create an inclusive world for all.  The appointment of Davis, who has been serving as Acting CEO since October 2015, marks the first time in the organisation’s nearly 50-year history that a person from outside the United States has been named Chief Executive Officer.
Davis is responsible for leading a global team of 250 professionals throughout the world who are addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation of people with intellectual disabilities by delivering the Special Olympics mission across nearly 170 countries, empowering nearly 5 million athletes to be productive citizens in their communities, leading to a more welcoming and inclusive society for all.  The Special Olympics movement currently holds nearly 100,000 Games and competitions annually and is powered by more than one million coaches and volunteers who help make the grassroots operations possible.
“Mary Davis has been a champion for the rights and inclusion of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities all her working life.  She is a proven leader who knows how to envision a goal, craft a strategy for achieving it, and most importantly, lead a team in reaching it,”  said Timothy Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics. “Our Board joins me in welcoming Mary to the role.  We believe we have the best CEO in the world for Special Olympics and look forward to working together with her leadership to carry our work to new and greater heights.”