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  • American to Chair London Olympics Agency


    Jack Lemley, world-renowned construction project manager, will oversee work for the London Olympics. 
    (ATR) An American who led the construction of the Channel Tunnel has been tapped as the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

    Jack Lemley, whose resume lists dozens of some of the world's most complicated construction projects in the world, will have the job of overseeing the ODA, which is responsible for the Olympics infrastructure, such as construction of the Olympic Park in London?s east.

    "Getting ready the venues and the infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the ultimate task for any businessman, with the ultimate deadline, a completion date that cannot be moved, even by one day. I am raring to go," said Lemley in a statement.

    Lemley will not have any more comment about his appointment until later in the month when a CEO for the ODA is named.

    From 1989 to 1993, Lemley was Chief Executive of Transmanche-Link, the consortium of five British and five French companies responsible for constructing and equipping the Channel Tunnel.

    Lemley now runs a U.S.-based consultancy that specializes in reviewing high profile projects.

    The announcement of Lemley's appointment was made by Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell, who met with him this week along with the deputy prime minister John Prescott.

    "What impressed us most about Jack was his track record of delivering massive and complex projects such as the Channel Tunnel and the way he turned around its fortunes.

    "This was coupled with a clear vision of how to ensure success for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and a lasting legacy, to which he is deeply committed," said Jowell.

    Lemley will be paid on a part-time basis, his pro-rata pay based on an annual salary of GBP 300,000.

    While he will begin work this month with the to-be-named CEO, Lemley won't formally take the job until the ODA is legally created in early 2005.

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