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WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP senior of counsel Paul Tagliabue has been appointed by the U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors to chair an outside, independent advisory committee that will review the USOC’s governance structure. The committee will assess the size, structure, and operating practices of the USOC board, and will recommend changes, if appropriate, for consideration by the board.
Mr. Tagliabue, who also serves as chair of Georgetown University’s Board of Directors, rejoined Covington in December 2007, after serving with distinction as NFL Commissioner for 17 years, presiding over an extended period of labor peace and revenue growth in professional football. In his current role at Covington, Mr. Tagliabue advises clients on strategic matters in the communications/media, technology, and international sectors. Mr. Tagliabue had for many years been a partner at Covington prior to joining the NFL.
In congratulating Mr. Tagliabue on his appointment, Tim Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee, commented: “We are delighted that Paul has been selected by the USOC to lead this independent review panel and know that he will do a terrific job in this role.”
"It is a privilege to serve the USOC and its stakeholders," Mr. Tagliabue said. "I've been fortunate to have had many special experiences in sports, amateur and professional, as well as in the not-for-profit sector. And I'm sure that the opportunity to collaborate in this vitally important project with others committed to the Olympic tradition will be very positive and constructive."