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Chairman of the Board
Lawrence (Larry) F. Probst III was elected chairman of the United States Olympic Committee board of directors on Oct. 2, 2008, and assumed the role during the 2008 U.S. Olympic Assembly that began in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 8. He was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee on Sept. 10, 2013, and has served on the IOC's International Relations Commission since March 10, 2011. In addition, he is a member of the Association of National Olympic Committees Executive Council and the Pan American Sports Organization Executive Committee.
Probst is also executive chairman of Electronic Arts, the world's leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Probst joined EA in 1984 and served as the vice president of sales until 1986, followed by four years as senior vice president of the company's publishing division. He led EA as president from December 1990 to October 1997, and was named CEO in May 1991, serving in that capacity until April 2007. Probst has been on EA's board of directors since January 1991, was elected to the position of chairman of the board of directors in July 1994 and became the executive chairman in March 2013.
Under Probst, EA navigated multiple technology transitions and made strategic investments in new platforms such as mobile, online and other emerging markets. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew its annual revenue from $175 million in 1992 to roughly $3 billion in 2006, and expanded international operations to more than 75 countries.
Before joining EA, Probst was a national sales manager at Activision Inc. and a national accounts manager at Clorox. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Delaware.
Chief Executive Officer
Scott Blackmun became chief executive officer of the United States Olympic Committee on Jan. 6, 2010. He is an ex-officio member of the USOC's board of directors, and also serves on the International Olympic Committee's Marketing Commission — a post that he assumed by IOC appointment on March 10, 2011.
Under Blackmun's direction, the USOC supported Team USA in topping the gold and overall medal counts at the London 2012 Olympic Games, nearly doubled net philanthropic support in 2009-12 from the previous quad, and negotiated a new revenue-sharing agreement with the IOC. In recognition of the organization's overall performance in 2012, the USOC was named Sports League of the year and Blackmun was named Sports Executive of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal.
Blackmun had a previous stint at the USOC, serving as acting chief executive officer (2001), senior managing director of sport (2000) and general counsel (1999). Following his departure in 2001, Blackmun became the chief operating officer of Anschutz Entertainment Group, one of the world's most respected presenters of sports and entertainment events.
Having spent more than 20 years practicing law in Colorado, Blackmun started his career in 1982 with Holme Roberts & Owen and became a partner of the firm in 1988, serving on the firm's executive committee from 2007-09. He was a partner at Hogan & Hartson, and managing partner of the firm's Colorado Springs office from 1994 until he joined the USOC in 1999.
Blackmun graduated summa cum laude in 1979 from Dartmouth College, where he received his bachelor's degree in philosophy and was a member of the varsity soccer team for four years. He received a law degree from Stanford Law School in 1982.
Chef de Mission
Alan Ashley was named chief of sport performance for the United States Olympic Committee on Sept. 1, 2010, after previously serving as managing director of sport performance since January 2010. Prior to that, Ashley served as a team leader in the sport performance division beginning in December 2006. He is serving as the chef de mission for the U.S. Olympic Team for the first time.
In his current role, Ashley oversees the USOC divisions tasked with providing targeted resources and support to the National Governing Bodies, athletes and coaches in pursuit of sustained competitive excellence. These areas include coaching and sport science, sports medicine, international games, and sport partnerships. Sport performance is also responsible for the preparation and execution of all Team USA activities related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Ashley joined the USOC after spending 16 years with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, where he was a key contributor to the rise of the U.S. ski and snowboard teams, having most recently served as the vice president of athletics. At USSA, Ashley helped manage the coaching, training and organizational structure for six Olympic (alpine, cross-country, Nordic combined and freestyle skiing; ski jumping; and snowboarding) and two Paralympic (alpine and cross-country skiing) sports involving 170 elite athletes, 125 elite coaches and administrative staff, 320 USSA clubs, 3,000 club coaches, and 16,000 USSA member athletes.
Prior to his work at the USSA, Ashley served as the director of skiing for four years at his alma mater, the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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