Schmoke finalist for CEO position

USOC expected to decide at meeting on Oct. 21


October 12, 2001|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has emerged as a finalist for a top job at the United States Olympic Committee, which is expected to hire a new chief executive officer at a meeting in nine days.

Schmoke, now a partner and attorney in the civil rights division of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering in Washington, was one of six candidates who recently interviewed for the job. He did not respond to a request for comment.

A source familiar with the committee's search, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that Schmoke remains a candidate and appears to be on a short list for final consideration. Also on that list is the USOC's interim CEO Scott Blackmun and former Maytag Corp. Chairman Lloyd Ward, the source said.

Another local candidate, former Alex. Brown executive Mayo Shattuck, is no longer in the running and may have dropped out, according to the source. Shattuck did not respond to a request for comment.

The Los Angeles Times, quoting anonymous sources, said yesterday that the race had come down to Schmoke and Ward. It said a meeting of the executive committee has been scheduled for Oct. 21 in New York, a timetable and location the USOC refused to confirm yesterday.

Ward, who had previously held top positions at Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo., ran Maytag for 15 months, resigning over a dispute with the board on corporate strategy. He then took over leadership of iMotors, a San Francisco-based internet car seller, which was shuttered in July.

Schmoke served as mayor of Baltimore for three terms, leaving office in 1999. He is a member of the executive committee of the group bidding to bring the Olympic games to Washington in 2012.

If either Schmoke or Ward is picked, he would become the highest-ranking African-American in the history of the committee. The CEO of the organization reports to the USOC president. The committee oversees the training and selection of athletes for the country's Olympic teams.

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