Danny McCance 3 Jan 2019 05:51pm

US Olympic Committee appoints Beth Brooke-Marciniak

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) board of directors approved Brooke-Marciniak alongside Rich Bender and Brad Snyder, effective from 1 January

Brooke-Marciniak, the global vice chair for public policy at Big Four Firm EY, along with Bender and Snyder will replace outgoing board members Jim Benson, Nina Kemppel and Dave Ogrean, who finished their term on 31 December 2018.

Brooke-Marciniak is a global advocate for diversity and inclusion and actively engaged in promoting women’s advancement and LGBT+ inclusion. She helped to set-up the EY Women Athletes Business Network.

She will work alongside fellow appointees, executive director of USA wrestling Bender and former US Navy lieutenant and seven-time medallist and paralympic swimmer Snyder, as part of the 16-member board.

“The USOC is at a pivotal point, and now more than ever, we have a unique responsibility to ensure that athletes are protected, supported and empowered in equal measure,” said USOC chair Suanne Lyons.

In March last year, three-time Olympic gold medallist Aly Raisman sued USOC and USA Gymnastics, the governing body for the sport in the US, and alleged that USOC “was aware, at the highest levels of its organisation” of the abuse by team doctor Larry Nassar.

In November, USOC took steps towards decertify USA Gymnastics following allegations by various individuals, including Raisman, that it had failed in its response to reports of sexual abuse by Nassar, according to reports.

Brooke-Marciniak has a history in the world of sport as a distinguished college athlete, having been part of the first class of women to ever receive and athletic scholarship to Purdue University in Indiana.

Prior to joining EY she worked for it’s predecessor Ernst & Whinney, becoming the firm’s first female partner.

She later worked in the Clinton administration overseeing tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care in the US Department of the Treasury before rejoining EY.