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Special Olympics appoints new CEO

Special Olympics has named Janet Froetscher as its new chief executive officer, with former CEO Timothy Shriver continuing on as chairman.

Froetscher moves to Special Olympics from her role as president and CEO of the United States’ National Safety Council (NSC). Previous to her role with the NSC, she was also the president and CEO of the non-profit organisation United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

She will begin her role at the start of next week, and will work from the Special Olympics headquarters in Washington DC. Froetscher will have full responsibility for leading the organisation and all of its functions.

Shriver, who had been Special Olympics president and CEO from 1996, and who also assumed chairmanship in 2003, will maintain the latter role.