US Olympic official appointed to key London post

Doug Arnot, an American sports executive who helped organize two Olympics in the United States, was appointed Monday to a senior role in the 2012 London Games.

Arnot began work as director of games operations, responsible for overall planning, coordination and delivery for the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, or LOCOG.

“Joining LOCOG is another fantastic chapter in my life and I cannot wait to get started,” the 58-year-old Arnot said. “London 2012 is a unique challenge and one I could not pass up.”

Arnot was an executive vice president of the 1994 World Cup in the United States before becoming managing director of venues and operations for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He then served as managing director for event operations at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

In addition, Arnot served as CEO of USA Rugby during a restructuring phase. He was operations chief of Chicago’s failed bid for the 2016 Olympics, which were awarded last month to Rio de Janeiro.

“We’ve been talking to Doug for the last six months as part of an international search to fill this position,” London CEO Paul Deighton said. “Doug’s games-time operational delivery experience will add to that and give us vital insight for the next three years.”

While working for the Salt Lake organizing committee, Arnot pleaded guilty in 2000 to a misdemeanor assault charge for punching a pedestrian after a road-rage incident.

Arnot served 10 days in jail and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, a fine, 12 months of probation and mandatory anger-management counseling. In 2001, he settled a lawsuit filed by the pedestrian.