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Five Leading International Olympic Experts to Support Paris 2012

Paris 2012 welcomes the combined experience of experts from Australia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the USA in its Bid to create the strongest Candidature File for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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Paris, 28 June 2004 – Paris 2012, the organization behind Paris’ Bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, announced today that five renowned international Olympic experts have joined its technical team.
Their combined expertise in some of the key areas examined by the International Olympic Committee, such as security, venues, infrastructure and transport, sustainable development and finance, significantly reinforces Paris 2012’s ability to deliver a strong Candidature File on the 15th of November 2004.
The international Olympic specialists who have joined Paris 2012 include:
- David Churches, Senior Technical Advisor, who will review all technical aspects of the Paris candidature, and assist in presenting these proposals to the Olympic Movement;

- David Desmarchelier, Senior Olympic Security Advisor, who will be responsible for assisting the Bid team in developing a plan that merges France’s exceptional security capabilities with the cluster concepts Paris 2012 developed to ensure the highest level of security and safety for the Olympic family, athletes and spectators alike.

- Julius de Heer, Senior Environment & Sustainable Development Advisor, who will take charge of enhancing further sustainable development as a major component of the Candidature File.

- Brett Hopkins, Senior Financial Advisor, who will assist the Bid team in developing the financial plans and budget;

- Mike Loynd, Senior Operational Advisor, who will provide organizational, operational and architectural advice on the competition venues and clusters.
Philippe Baudillon, Chief Executive Officer of Paris 2012 said: “Paris 2012 is proud to attract the expertise and support of such respected international Olympic professionals. With a strong technical dossier, and a team of individuals with experience from all over the world, I believe Paris 2012 has what it takes to put forward a world class Candidature File that will do Paris and the International sporting community proud. We are committed to making our Candidature File the very best possible and with such great specialists joining our team, we are confident our ‘savoir-faire’ in hosting major international events will be even stronger.”


David Churches, 56, is a specialist consultant on the bidding and planning processes of major events. He is a Director of the Sydney-Beijing Olympic Secretariat and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the Doha 2006 Asian Games. A native of Australia, Mr. Churches was involved in the planning of precincts, venues & sites, training and operational and media facilities for the Sydney Olympic & Paralympic Games, spanning more than 12 years.
He has inspected Olympic venues in Munich, Melbourne, Tokyo, Nagano and Los Angeles, and has provided technical advice for major sporting projects and events in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hanoi.

David Churches was awarded the Golden Olympic Rings by the President of the IOC in October 2000.
David Desmarchelier, Australian, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Boartes Team, an independent company specializing in the security and safety of major events, for the last four years. A former Director of Operations for Olympic Security in Sydney 2000, his Olympic experience also includes senior roles in Salt Lake 2002 and Athens 2004.
Dr. Julius de Heer, 48, is the Director of ECOSCAN SA, a Lausanne-based private consultancy specializing in environmental studies. A Dutch national, Dr. de Heer is an expert in Sport & Environment. A former member of the IOC Olympic Games Global Impact (OGGI) Commission, Mr. de Heer developed and implemented the Ecosport Award on behalf of the Swiss Olympic Association and the Swiss Federal Agency for Environment. 
Dr. de Heer was responsible for the environmental and sustainable development concepts of the Swiss candidatures for the Olympic Winter Games of Sion 2002, Sion 2006, Grisons-Zürich 2010, Bern 2010 and Zürich 2014.
Brett Hopkins, 37, was the Chief Financial Officer for the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games for over three years. In this position, he was responsible for budget, accounting, risk management, Value In Kind management, procurement and logistics for the Games. A native of the United States, Mr. Hopkins also spent over eight months assisting Vancouver 2010 in developing their financial plan.
Mike Loynd, 44, is a managing partner of Contemporary Services Corporation International (CSC), providing organizational, operational and architectural advice. CSC has been the premier provider of operational planning and management to major events for more than 30 years, including the NFL Super Bowl, PGA Ryder Cup, NBA All Star Games and six Olympic Games.

An American national, Mr. Loynd began work in the events industry 26 years ago. His extensive international event experience includes the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games and 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
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