London: Neil Wood, partner at the business advisory firm Deloitte, has been awarded the Order of Merit by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for his services to the Olympic movement.
Wood is Chief Financial Officer at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and has been in this role on secondment from Deloitte since 2003, initially taking the position for London's bid committee.
He is one of 22 individuals at LOCOG and the BOA to be awarded the Order of Merit, including Chairman of the organising committee Lord Coe, and chief executive Paul Deighton. Other recipients include Sir Keith Mills, Lord Moynihan and Charles Allen.
The presentation was made last week following the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games by Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC and Denis Oswald and Gilbert Felli, both members of the IOC's executive board.
Wood, who was commended for his 'remarkable commitment and leadership', said, "The past nine years has been an incredible journey from the start of London's bid in 2003 until the extinguishing of the Olympic Flame just over a week ago.
"I will look back with an immense sense of pride at what we have achieved. Being awarded the Olympic Order of Merit was unexpected and a great honour."
Heather Hancock, lead London 2012 partner at Deloitte, added, "We are very proud of the recognition this gives to Neil's role in making the London 2012 Games such a success. Neil was Deloitte's first secondee to London 2012, supporting the bid team before the Games had even been awarded to the city.
"His commitment to bringing the Olympic Games to London and delivering in such style provided a great example to over 130 colleagues from Deloitte who followed in his footsteps, providing hundreds of thousands of hours of support to the organising committee."
Deloitte is the official professional services provider to London 2012.