LA28 chief executive Carter steps down

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Kathy Carter has stepped down as chief executive of the organising committee for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Carter joined the organising committee in October 2018 as chief revenue officer before stepping up as chief executive in September 2021. She confirmed her departure from the role in a statement yesterday (Monday), and no replacement has yet been named.

In a statement reported by the Reuters news agency, Carter said: “As anticipated, because LA28 is moving from a commercial and planning phase to an operational and delivery phase, now is the right time for me to pass the torch.

“As of 2024, I will transition from my role as CEO and am honoured to continue with LA28 as senior advisor.”

LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said that Carter has been a “driving force” behind the next phase of the organising committee’s strategic plan. “As that phase nears completion, we have undoubtedly built a strong foundation for the next four years, and now is the time to transition to the next phase,” Wasserman added.

Carter previously served as president of Soccer United Marketing and as a senior vice-president of AEG.

The LA28 Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 14-30, with the opening ceremony to be co-hosted by the LA Memorial Coliseum and SoFi Stadium. The Paralympics will follow from August 15-28.

The Games will use existing stadiums and venues across the wider Los Angeles region, in line with the International Olympic Committee’s plans to stage more sustainable and fiscally responsible events. Around 15,000 athletes are expected to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics.

As well as the Coliseum and SoFi Stadium, LA28 venues will include Arena, Dignity Health Sports Park, BMO Stadium, LA Convention Center, Microsoft Theater, Honda Center, Rose Bowl Stadium and the Kia Forum.