Former IOC Comm. Head Named CEO of Sport for the Deaf

February 25, 2011

The former head of communications at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Mark Dolley, has been appointed to replace Tiffany Granfors as the new chief executive of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD).

Dolley will begin his new role with the organisation from March 1, having worked for the IOC between 2003 and 2006 and also as a consultant to the successful London 2012 bid. He replaces Granfors who has been the chief executive for the past 10 years.

ICSD President Craig Crowley spoke of the appointment: “ICSD is faced with immense challenges and I’m grateful that Mark Dolley will now be bringing his high-level experience of sport, sports policy and his vital Olympic Movement professionalism and ‘ethos’ to the ICSD.

“A stronger organisation and a more robust calendar of competitions must be put in place. 

“ICSD must deliver on its core objective of serving deaf athletes, via successful Deaflympics, if we are to ensure greater recognition by sports organisations, business, the media and Government. 

“These are the things ICSD is working toward. 

“And we are very confident that Mark Dolley is the best person to lead the delivery of ICSD’s work, for the benefit of Deaf athletes everywhere.”

Dolley added: “I’m profoundly honoured to be joining the ICSD at an absolutely critical time in the organisation’s development.

“The ICSD has had a long and proud history of serving the needs of deaf sport.

“I have no illusions about the scope of the task ahead. 

“But a sound strategic plan has been established by the ICSD’s Executive Board. I am convinced there are still opportunities ahead. 

“I look forward to working with all of deaf sport, to ensure a rich future is added to ICSD’s rich history, despite the current challenges.”

Crowley then spoke of the outgoing Tiffany Granfors, stating: “On behalf of the Executive Board, staff, delegates and athletes everywhere, I would like to thank Tiffany for her sterling contribution.”