Games deputy chief executive quits organising committee for new role abroad

Glasgow 2014's Deputy Chief Executive is to leave the Organising Committee to pursue a new role overseas.

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Ty Speer joined the OC in November 2012 to lead the Games' commercial programme including ticketing.

Glasgow 2014's commercial programme has exceeded £100m having attracted sponsorship from a range of blue-chip and international brands including BP, Ford, SSE, and Virgin Media.

In addition in its launch phase Glasgow 2014's ticketing programme saw more than 2.3 million requests for up to one million tickets generating unprecedented public demand.

He will leave the Organising Committee next week and will be relocating in coming weeks to pursue a new non-event related opportunity overseas.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg, said: "Ty has led a successful commercial programme and his knowledge and experience have been great assets to the Organising Committee.

"Glasgow 2014 will be a world-class sporting and cultural celebration and it's our ambition to make them the greatest Games the Commonwealth has ever staged. I thank Ty for his contribution to the Organising Committee and, on behalf of the winning Glasgow 2014 team, wish him every success for the future.

Ty Speer said: "It's clear from the commitment shown both from businesses and the public that Glasgow 2014 is generating real excitement and creating fantastic opportunities around showcasing world-class sport from Glasgow and Scotland on the global stage. I'm delighted to have led a commercial programme which has exceeded £100m in revenues, which is a real vote of confidence in the ability of the city and Scotland to put on a great Games.

"David, the OC team and all Partners are focused on ensuring a memorable sports festival experience for all and it's been a real privilege to be part of a great team that I know will deliver an outstanding Commonwealth Games."

Before joining Glasgow 2014 Ty was Client Services Director of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was a General Manager Sales and Commercial for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

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