London 2012 Olympics executive chosen as new Tourism Vancouver CEO

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Tourism Vancouver’s board of directors have selected Ty Speer as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

The 48-year-old hails from Atlanta, Georgia and was an executive for both the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games Organizing Committee and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee.

“I’m excited to join the team at Tourism Vancouver to build on the organization’s tremendous success to date and to work with the City, the Province and various stakeholders including Destination BC, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Hotel Association of Vancouver and our members and partners in making Vancouver a must-visit destination for meeting planners, tour operators, consumers and travel journalists from key markets all over the world,” said Speer.

During his involvement with London 2012, he was responsible for the client partnerships of 55 sponsors and managing commercial relationships with the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association, and various public sector partners such as Greater London Authority, Visit London and UK Sport.

Shortly after the conclusion of the Olympics, he joined the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and led the organizing committee’s sponsorship initiative, which has to date raised more than $168 million in revenue.

In April 2014, the announcement of his resignation from Glasgow 2014 – just months before the Games were scheduled to begin – surprised many in the United Kingdom.

Prior to his recent consecutive games’ experiences, Speer held senior positions with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and Octagon (formerly Advantage International).

It is expected that Speer will bring a private sector, international perspective to Tourism Vancouver, with extensive experience working with boards of directors, multi-levels of government, corporate sponsors and media.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have secured the services of Ty whose extensive sales, marketing and senior international leadership background will help lead Tourism Vancouver through both busy and challenging times in the years ahead,” said Bob Lindsay, Tourism Vancouver Board Chair. “While this year and next are expected to be good performing tourism years for visitation and spending with major events such as Grey Cup (November 2014), FIFA Women’s World Cup (June/July 2015) and the TED conference (March 2015), we still have much work to do to build business and generate demand for our destination in these years and over the coming decade.”

“Ty will play a leading strategic role in continuing to move us forward as a preferred visitor destination and as an internationally respected organization, as well as in working with the City of Vancouver to implement the Tourism Master Plan, among other initiatives,” Lindsay added.

Speer will formally take up his President and CEO responsibilities on July 14, 2014. He will replace Rick Antonson, who has served the leadership position since 1993.

Antonson announced his intentions to leave the organization last year and become a full-time book author.

Featured Image: London Tower Bridge Olympics via Shutterstock

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