Special Olympics, Inc. Announces New Leadership for Global Reorganization

Regional Managing Directors Identified in Africa,

Asia-Pacific, Europe-Eurasia, Latin America, Middle

East-North Africa and North America Regions



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Special Olympics, Inc.

    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Special Olympics, Inc., announced new
 national and international positions that will play key roles in the
 Movement's global reorganization. David Mutambara, Managing Director for
 Africa region; Rajesh Bajaaj, Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region;
 Mike Smith, Managing Director for Europe-Eurasia region; Dennis Brueggemann,
 Managing Director for the Latin America region; Ayman Aly Abdel Wahab,
 Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa region and Thomas
 Bernadzikowski, Managing Director for North America region each bring a wealth
 of international, sports and business experience to the Special Olympics
 Movement. These positions are part of a decentralized organizational model
 that will bring Special Olympics services operationally and culturally closer
 to its athletes in 160 countries worldwide.
     "Ours is a Movement that is truly global in its commitment to excellence,"
 said Timothy P. Shriver, President and CEO of Special Olympics, Inc. "This new
 structure will help Special Olympics achieve its mission of making high
 quality sports training and competition opportunities available to the ever
 increasing numbers of individuals with mental retardation around the world."
     Special Olympics welcomes David Mutambara as the new Managing Director for
 Africa. Mutambara, a Special Olympics veteran since 1986, is highly respected
 in the field of sport. Mutambara was appointed by the Zimbabwe Minister of
 Education Sport and Culture as the Chair of the Sport and Recreation
 Commission and is the former Vice Chairman for the Basketball Union of
 Zimbabwe. The Special Olympics regional office for Africa will be located in
 Zimbabwe.
     The new Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region, Rajesh Bajaaj,
 brings extensive international business experience to Special Olympics. Bajaaj
 has over twenty years executive-level work experience with Otis Elevator,
 working most recently as its Managing Director in the Asia-Pacific region.
 Bajaaj has been involved with Special Olympics since 1995, serving on Special
 Olympics India's Board of Directors. The Special Olympics regional office for
 Asia-Pacific will be located in Bombay, India. The honorary President for the
 Asia-Pacific region is Dicken Yung.
     Dennis Brueggemann, new Managing Director for Latin America, has been
 involved in Special Olympics in various capacities since 1977. As former Vice
 President of Global Field Services for Special Olympics, Inc., Brueggemann was
 responsible for overseeing the Special Olympics Athlete Census and for
 spearheading various regional initiatives.  The Latin America regional office
 is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
     Mike Smith, a part of the Special Olympics Movement since 1989 and
 previously Director of the Europe-Eurasia Program, was promoted to Managing
 Director for the region. A former professional soccer player, Smith offered
 his expertise by serving as the Worldwide Soccer Director for Special Olympics
 and as the Vice President of Operations at the 1997 Special Olympics World
 Winter Games. The Special Olympics regional office for Europe-Eurasia is
 located in Brussels.  The honorary President for the Europe-Eurasia region is
 J.P. Van Rooy.
     Ayman Aly Abdel Wahab, Managing Director for Middle East-North Africa, has
 been instrumental in establishing a highly qualified Sports Training
 Department in the region. Wahab played a prominent role in ensuring the
 success of the Special Olympics MENA Regional Games in 1999. The Special
 Olympics Middle East-North Africa regional office will be located in Cairo,
 Egypt.
     Thomas Bernadzikowski, Managing Director for North America, brings top
 business and management experience to Special Olympics. Bernadzikowski, the
 former Executive Director of Worldwide eBusiness for Dupont Pharmaceuticals,
 has held several community leadership positions as well as active roles as a
 volunteer and Board Member of Special Olympics Delaware. The Special Olympics
 North America regional office is located in Washington, DC.
     Special Olympics is an international year-round program of sports training
 and competition for individuals with mental retardation. More than one million
 athletes in over 160 countries train and compete in 26 Olympic-type summer and
 winter sports. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics
 provides people with mental retardation continuing opportunities to develop
 fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the
 sharing of gifts and friendship with their families and community. Athletes
 and their families are not charged a fee to participate in Special Olympics.
     Visit Special Olympics online at http://www.specialolympics.org or on AOL
 (Keyword: Special Olympics).
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Special Olympics, Inc., announced new
 national and international positions that will play key roles in the
 Movement's global reorganization. David Mutambara, Managing Director for
 Africa region; Rajesh Bajaaj, Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region;
 Mike Smith, Managing Director for Europe-Eurasia region; Dennis Brueggemann,
 Managing Director for the Latin America region; Ayman Aly Abdel Wahab,
 Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa region and Thomas
 Bernadzikowski, Managing Director for North America region each bring a wealth
 of international, sports and business experience to the Special Olympics
 Movement. These positions are part of a decentralized organizational model
 that will bring Special Olympics services operationally and culturally closer
 to its athletes in 160 countries worldwide.
     "Ours is a Movement that is truly global in its commitment to excellence,"
 said Timothy P. Shriver, President and CEO of Special Olympics, Inc. "This new
 structure will help Special Olympics achieve its mission of making high
 quality sports training and competition opportunities available to the ever
 increasing numbers of individuals with mental retardation around the world."
     Special Olympics welcomes David Mutambara as the new Managing Director for
 Africa. Mutambara, a Special Olympics veteran since 1986, is highly respected
 in the field of sport. Mutambara was appointed by the Zimbabwe Minister of
 Education Sport and Culture as the Chair of the Sport and Recreation
 Commission and is the former Vice Chairman for the Basketball Union of
 Zimbabwe. The Special Olympics regional office for Africa will be located in
 Zimbabwe.
     The new Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region, Rajesh Bajaaj,
 brings extensive international business experience to Special Olympics. Bajaaj
 has over twenty years executive-level work experience with Otis Elevator,
 working most recently as its Managing Director in the Asia-Pacific region.
 Bajaaj has been involved with Special Olympics since 1995, serving on Special
 Olympics India's Board of Directors. The Special Olympics regional office for
 Asia-Pacific will be located in Bombay, India. The honorary President for the
 Asia-Pacific region is Dicken Yung.
     Dennis Brueggemann, new Managing Director for Latin America, has been
 involved in Special Olympics in various capacities since 1977. As former Vice
 President of Global Field Services for Special Olympics, Inc., Brueggemann was
 responsible for overseeing the Special Olympics Athlete Census and for
 spearheading various regional initiatives.  The Latin America regional office
 is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
     Mike Smith, a part of the Special Olympics Movement since 1989 and
 previously Director of the Europe-Eurasia Program, was promoted to Managing
 Director for the region. A former professional soccer player, Smith offered
 his expertise by serving as the Worldwide Soccer Director for Special Olympics
 and as the Vice President of Operations at the 1997 Special Olympics World
 Winter Games. The Special Olympics regional office for Europe-Eurasia is
 located in Brussels.  The honorary President for the Europe-Eurasia region is
 J.P. Van Rooy.
     Ayman Aly Abdel Wahab, Managing Director for Middle East-North Africa, has
 been instrumental in establishing a highly qualified Sports Training
 Department in the region. Wahab played a prominent role in ensuring the
 success of the Special Olympics MENA Regional Games in 1999. The Special
 Olympics Middle East-North Africa regional office will be located in Cairo,
 Egypt.
     Thomas Bernadzikowski, Managing Director for North America, brings top
 business and management experience to Special Olympics. Bernadzikowski, the
 former Executive Director of Worldwide eBusiness for Dupont Pharmaceuticals,
 has held several community leadership positions as well as active roles as a
 volunteer and Board Member of Special Olympics Delaware. The Special Olympics
 North America regional office is located in Washington, DC.
     Special Olympics is an international year-round program of sports training
 and competition for individuals with mental retardation. More than one million
 athletes in over 160 countries train and compete in 26 Olympic-type summer and
 winter sports. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics
 provides people with mental retardation continuing opportunities to develop
 fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the
 sharing of gifts and friendship with their families and community. Athletes
 and their families are not charged a fee to participate in Special Olympics.
     Visit Special Olympics online at http://www.specialolympics.org or on AOL
 (Keyword: Special Olympics).
 
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