COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) today appointed Patrick Sandusky as its Chief Communications Officer (CCO). Sandusky had been the acting CCO since October 2009. He now officially becomes the organization’s third head of communications since 1979 and fourth since its inception. The former spokesperson and Vice President of Communications for the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid will report directly to CEO Scott Blackmun. He and his family will relocate to Colorado Springs, and the position takes effect immediately.


"We are extremely happy that Patrick has joined the USOC family for the long-term and that a leader of Patrick's caliber is moving to Colorado Springs," Blackmun said. "Having him on our team since last October has had a positive impact for the USOC, and I believe that both the Colorado Springs community and the Olympic Movement in the U.S. will benefit by Patrick and his family moving to Colorado Springs."


Sandusky's Olympic experience includes key roles with two bids over the last six years and strong international sport and Olympic Movement ties. Prior to Chicago 2016, Sandusky spent 10 years at the global public relations firm Hill & Knowlton, where he was vice president of the firm’s sports marketing practice. He managed large-scale, multinational communications programs for both the Chicago and London offices. In addition to his work in the Olympic Movement, Sandusky has worked on projects related to Wimbledon, World Cup, Rugby World Cup, English Premiership, NASCAR and NCAA football for clients such as Gillette, Nestle, Robinsons, Allstate Insurance, Gatorade and Chelsea Football Club.


"I am excited to be able to work closely with Scott Blackmun over the coming years in this incredibly important role for the Olympic Movement in America," Sandusky said.  "Over the past few months my wife and I have been warmly embraced by the Colorado Springs community and have felt at home in this welcoming and extremely livable city. I look forward to exciting days ahead. This job is a dream come true for me and my wife, and with two young children, we think this is a fantastic community to raise our family in. I am looking forward to building closer relationships in this community, in the Movement and with our sponsors over the coming years.


Sandusky has a strong background in sports and consumer marketing, and newsroom experience as both a print and radio reporter. He attended Northern Illinois University, where he was a senior letter winner in American football.