Andrew Liveris to head Brisbane 2032 Olympics preparations

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Andrew N. Liveris AO has been named as the President of the Organising Committee Board for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Following the announcement, Mr Liveris said he expects his new role will be one of the greatest and most satisfying opportunities to contribute to Australia.

“Brisbane holds a special place in my heart,” the former Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company said.

“I am honoured to have been asked to make an important contribution to our State and nation in this critical role.”

In an interview with The Age, Mr Liveris pledged to showcase Australia’s hospitality to the world with a 2032 Games that will “go down to the ground level of sustainability.”

Mr Liveris has his work cut out for him but he’s not alone.

He’s also joined on the Committee by five new independent directors including Wesfarmers chief executive, Rob Scott, Brisbane Lions deputy chairwoman, Sarah Kelly, Queensland Rugby Union chairman, Brett Clark, and Indigenous leader and KPMG director, Shelley Reys.

Andrew Liveris.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has welcomed these new appointments and said “the Board of the Organising Committee represents some of this country’s most successful leaders who will ensure the 2032 Games are the world’s best ever.”

John Coates AC, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), agreed and said Mr Liveris “adds tremendous value and international credibility,” to the Committee.

Brisbane will be one of the smallest host cities in recent times, dwarfed by Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, as well as future hosts Paris and Los Angeles.

But this won’t stop Mr Liveris from pulling out all the stops.

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