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DC Sports and Entertainment Commission Board of Directors Formally Appoints Greg O’Dell as Chief Executive Officer

(Washington, DC)— The Chairman of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission (DCSEC) announced that Greg O’Dell has been formally appointed as Chief Executive Officer. O’Dell currently serves as a DCSEC Board member and chief development officer for the administration of DC Mayor Adrian Fenty in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. He replaces Allen Y. Lew, who is leaving to manage DC Public School construction and modernization projects on behalf of Mayor Fenty who recently gained control over the school system.

DCSEC Chairman Matthew Cutts announced the change after Mayor Fenty decided that he wanted Lew’s construction and development expertise focused solely on school construction projects. Mr. Lew will also be appointed to the DCSEC Board vacancy created by Mr. O’Dell’s appointment as CEO.

“This is a win-win for the city and especially our children,” said Cutts. “We are proud of the great work that Allen has done at RFK Stadium and at the new ballpark, which is on budget and on schedule. He will bring those same skills to the school system, which is in need of strong reforms and an improved construction plan. At the same time, Greg has been one of the key players on this project from its inception.”

Prior to joining District government Mr. O’Dell was a principal of Clemens Consulting Group which provided consulting services to the Sports Commission for the ballpark project. Before forming his own company Mr. O’Dell was a senior manager with BearingPoint, a multi-billion dollar management and IT consulting firm. While at BearingPoint, he provided consulting and financial oversight for the new $850 million Washington Convention Center. As Chief Development Officer for the Fenty administration O’Dell had oversight for the District’s large scale development projects inclusive of all baseball-related matters.

“I am grateful to Mayor Fenty and the Sports Commission Board for affording me the opportunity to lead this great organization. I am certain that this will be a seamless transition,” said O’Dell. “I will continue to tightly manage the ballpark project to ensure that it remains on budget and on schedule. At the same time, I will work with the Sports Commission Board and staff to continue expanding our core mission of providing sports and entertainment venues as well as recreational opportunities for District residents, particularly our youth.”

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