March 29, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today the appointment of Bob Ctvrtlik as Vice President, International. The appointment is part of the United States Olympic Committee's ongoing strategy to become a more active and effective partner in the world of international sport by increasing its involvement with other National Olympic Committees, the International Sport Federations, Games Organizing Committees, and other international sport bodies.
The position of Vice President, International will be a new position within the USOC governance structure. As Vice President, International, Ctvrtlik will work closely with USOC Chairman of the Board Peter Ueberroth, Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr and newly-appointed Chief of International Relations Robert Fasulo in coordinating the organization's international relations activities, managing the bid process for future Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American Games, and representing the USOC on major international sport bodies.
Ctvrtlik, 42, is one of three U.S. members of the International Olympic Committee, serving alongside Anita DeFrantz and Jim Easton.
"For more than a decade, Bob Ctvrtlik has worked closely with Anita DeFrantz, Jim Easton and leaders from around the world to develop a better understanding of how the United States can more effectively contribute to the growth of sport internationally," said Ueberroth. "This appointment will allow Bob to put that understanding to work. The relationships and expertise he brings to this assignment will be instrumental in strengthening our international profile and enabling the USOC to take a more active role worldwide."
"This appointment will also strengthen our ability to support the candidacy of a U.S. city when we elect to pursue a bid to bring the Olympic or Pan American Games to our country," added Ueberroth. "The international landscape has changed, and nothing less than a concerted, engaging effort worldwide will allow us to be successful."
"I am honored by the confidence that Peter Ueberroth, Jim Scherr and the USOC Board of Directors have expressed in me through this appointment, and the opportunity it gives me to continue to strengthen the Olympic Movement in the United States, as well as around the world," added Ctvrtlik.
"Having known and worked with Bob for more than a decade, I am confident he will bring ideas and energy to this assignment that will significantly enhance our international relations efforts," added Scherr. "With Bob Ctvrtlik working on behalf of the USOC Board of Directors and Robert Fasulo in place as a member of the USOC Senior Management Team, we have the expertise necessary to develop an international relations program that will benefit the USOC, our National Governing Bodies and the entire Olympic Movement."
Ctvrtlik was first elected to the IOC in 1996 as a member of the Athletes' Commission - the link between active athletes and the International Olympic Committee. In 1999, he was elected to an eight-year term as a member of the IOC.
In his 10-plus years of service within the International Olympic Committee, Ctvrtlik has established himself as an advocate for the advancement of the Olympic ideals. He has served on the IOC Reform Commission, the IOC Sport and Environmental Commission and working groups for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and 2004 Olympic Games. A founding board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), he served on the WADA Standardization and Harmonization Subcommittee and was Chairman of the Site Evaluation Search Committee for the WADA Headquarters.
Within the U.S. Olympic Movement, Ctvrtlik currently serves on the USOC Board of Directors. A member of the USOC volunteer leadership for nearly a decade, Ctvrtlik has served on the International Relations Committee, chaired the National Olympic Committee Funding Subcommittee and participated on numerous other committees and task forces.
A three-time U.S. Olympian who is heralded by many as one of the best serve-receivers to have played the sport of volleyball, Ctvrtlik competed in numerous international events for the United States, including the 1988 Olympic Games where the U.S. won the gold medal, the 1992 Olympic Games where the U.S. brought home the bronze medal, and the 1996 Olympic Games when he captained the USA Volleyball Team. In 1995, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) elected him Best Player in the World, and he was the only American selected to FIVB's 1995 Men's World Centennial Gala All-Star Team.
A 1985 graduate of Pepperdine University with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Ctvrtlik is President of Veritas Investments, LLC in Newport Beach, Calif.
Note: The creation of the Vice President, International position and the appointment of Bob Ctvrtlik to this position are subject to the procedures set forth in the USOC Bylaws and will be formally considered by the USOC Board of Directors at its June meeting.
(Story courtesy of USA Volleyball)