Chicago 2016 spokesman hired by USOC

October 14, 2009 Patrick Sandusky is the new USOC chief communications officer.

Sandusky's Olympic experience includes key roles with two bids over the last six years. Before his work with Chicago 2016, Sandusky helped manage communications for London's successful bid for the 2012 Games as a vice president of Hill & Knowlton's sports marketing practice. He also has experience with the World Cup, Wimbledon and NASCAR on behalf of clients such as Gillette, Nestle and Allstate.

Sandusky was a core member of the 2016 bid team since its inception in 2006. He served as the head of international media relations and official spokesperson.

"I am looking forward to the months ahead, working closely with the USOC leadership team as the organization moves forward with preparations leading into the Vancouver Games," Sandusky said in a Wednesday statement.

Sandusky will serve in the position of acting chief communications officer through the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games.

The USOC has been without a top public-relations person since Darryl Seibel left in June.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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