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Qualified Candidates Invited to Apply to Serve as Independent Director on USOC Board of Directors

June 13, 2008, 9:44 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Nominating and Governance Committee today launched a nationwide process by which qualified candidates may either be nominated or apply to serve as an independent director on the 11-person USOC Board of Directors.

USOC Board Member Jair Lynch is Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee that is seeking two independent directors to serve a four-year term, with the possibility of two additional years. The Committee expects to name the new Board Members this fall.  

Applications will be accepted until July 2, 2008, by the USOC General Counsel office via email at generalcounseloffice@usoc.org. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter that outline their qualifications to serve as an independent director. Qualified applicants must be "persons of the highest personal and professional integrity who have demonstrated exceptional ability and judgment," and who will be "most effective, in conjunction with other members of the Board, in collectively serving the long term interests of the USOC." In addition, applicants will be required to complete a conflict of interest questionnaire as a component of the formal process. After reviewing the applications, the Nominating and Governance Committee will conduct in-person interviews with the finalists.

An individual is considered to be independent if, during the past two years, he or she - plus immediate family members - has not held any paid or volunteer governance position within the USOC, its member organizations, or councils, or any Olympic family entity; is not an officer, senior management, controlling shareholder or partner of a corporate entity that does business with the USOC; and is not an officer, employee, director or trustee of a nonprofit organization to which the USOC or U.S. Olympic Foundation makes payment in any year in excess $100,000. (The specific requirements for independence are set forth in section 3.4 in the USOC Bylaws, which is available online at http://www.teamusa.org/).

The United States Olympic Committee does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, handicap or veteran status. All qualified applicants will be given equal opportunity.


For more information, please contact the USOC Communications Division at (719) 866-4529.