Lord Coe in downtown LA

LOS ANGELES: Lord Sebastian Coe, the Chair of the London 2012 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, spoke Thursday, February 16th at the Omni Hotel Los Angeles as part of a special distinguished speaker series presented by the British American Business Council of Los Angeles (BABC) and sponsored by Variety.

Lord Coe was Chairman of the London 2012 bid company and is a double Olympic Champion and 12-time world record holder in athletics. He won gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m at both the Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 games. He retired from competitive athletics in 1990 and became a Conservative MP and Private Secretary to William Hague.

He is also a Vice-President of the International Association of Athletics and controlling shareholder of The Complete Leisure Group, a non-executive director of AMT-Sybex Group, and Chair of the Sport Honours Committee.

The event was filled with members of the press and many members of the BABC Los Angeles. British Consul-General Dame Barbara Hay was also in attendance.

The BABC LA was honored to present Lord Coe as Thursday’s distinguished speaker. BABC LA President, Paul Wright says, “Lord Coe gave a fascinating insight into the London 2012 Olympics. This included the story of the winning bid, the on-time completion of the superb facilities and the excitement building for an outstanding Olympics. All this against a background where British and American companies worked together to design, construct, service and realize this dream. The audience, which comprised of many leading business people, were riveted by Lord Coe’s presentation and energized by the opportunities and prospects of the 2012 Olympic Games.”


About the British American Business Council:

The BABC is part of the largest transatlantic business network, with 23 chapters and 2,500 member companies, including many of the world’s largest multinationals, based in major business centers throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

The BABC Los Angeles hosts a variety of business, social, cultural and sporting events to meet their needs. Members, who represent a cross-section of industries, have a broad range of skills and interests, in addition to one common goal: the opportunity to liaise with like-minded individuals who support the objectives of the BABC and all things British.

The BABC promotes business relations between the US and UK, providing a vast network of alliances, business development and intelligence services, and updates on key US, UK and EU policy issues in cooperation with its US and EU Trade and Investment Policy Committees. The BABC has participated in major business initiatives and taken advocacy positions on policy issues of interest to its membership.

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