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Facebook Executive and Music Artist Added To Special Olympics International Board of Directors

May 26, 2011

For Immediate Release

Facebook’s Katie Mitic and Singer-Songwriter Ricardo Montaner Bring Their Talent and Expertise to Special Olympics

Washington, D.C. – Special Olympics International has elected two new members to its Board of Directors: Facebook executive, Katie Mitic, and Argentine-Venezuela singer and songwriter, Ricardo Montaner.

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors is the ultimate governing authority for the Special Olympics movement and is composed of leaders in the areas of business, government, disability, sports and entertainment. The Board is responsible for the global affairs and strategies of Special Olympics; determines its policies and programs and oversees all top-level management. Members are elected to a three-year term and may be re-elected twice - for a maximum of nine consecutive years of service.

“What an honor to our athletes and entire movement for these two leaders to join Special Olympics,” said Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. “They will contribute powerful expertise to our organization, helping us connect through technology and music with broader audiences and furthering our mission.”

Katie Mitic:
Mitic, a seasoned executive in the mobile and Internet industries, currently serves as marketing director at Facebook. She is responsible for shaping and growing innovative products for over two million developers and businesses that engage with Facebook’s community of over 500 million people.  Previous to Facebook, Mitic held executive roles in product, marketing at business development at Palm, Yahoo!, and a number of successful Silicon Valley startups. 

Ricardo Montaner:
Montaner (born as Hector Eduardo Reglero Montaner) is an Argentine-Venezuelan singer and songwriter.  Montaner has sold over 25 million albums and regularly breaks attendance records in venues across the globe.  He and his wife founded The Foundation La Ventana de los Cielos – Window of Heavens – dedicated to assisting children with special needs.  Montaner has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and in 2011 was appointed Health Champion by the Pan American Health Organization.

For a complete list of current Special Olympics International Board Members please click here.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs.  Special Olympics now takes place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in places like China and from regions like the Middle East to the community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard.  Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on:Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.

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CONTACT:
Mandy Murphy
Special Olympics
+1-202-824-0227     
mamurphy@specialolympics.org

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