Special Olympics Massachusetts’ board of directors has announced it has appointed Mary Beth McMahon as the next President and CEO of the organization, effective February 1, 2013. Mary Beth brings with her a wealth of experience from over 30 years in the Special Olympics movement, most recently as the senior vice president of organizational advancement at SOMA.
“I consider this opportunity a dream come true, and I am honored to serve on behalf of the athletes that inspire me every day. I look forward to working with Special Olympics Massachusetts’ board of directors, staff, volunteers, families and athletes on building from the great foundation Bob Johnson has helped create with his leadership,” said McMahon.
McMahon started with Special Olympics as a volunteer for the Rhode Island chapter in 1983 and in 1986 started working with the area management team for the Greater Boston area at SOMA, while starting her career in the financial services. In 1991 she made the decision to make Special Olympics her career by accepting a position with Special Olympics Maryland, as their director of competition. In 1995 she moved to Northern California where she became the vice president of sports program and helped start the new program of Special Olympics Northern California. In 2002 she took over the management of Special Olympics Nevada and became the executive vice president of Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada. In 2011 Mary Beth was given the opportunity to come home to Massachusetts and accepted the role of senior vice president.
Her career has crossed every aspect of Special Olympics, from local program management to sports and competition management, and all aspects of development. She was inducted into the Special Olympics International Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame in 2010, for her contributions to the growth of the LETR program at a local, state, national and international level. Along with her many years of experience, it’s her incredible passion for the athletes of Special Olympics that makes her an ideal candidate to lead Special Olympics Massachusetts into the future.
McMahon replaces Bob Johnson, who is retiring after 23 years of service with Special Olympics Massachusetts, 15 of those years as president and CEO. Of his successor Johnson says, “I am proud to be succeeded by Mary Beth McMahon. The breadth and depth of her experience makes her the perfect choice to lead Special Olympics Massachusetts to the next level and beyond. I am confident that our athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and donors will appreciate her commitment and passion for making SOMA the very best Special Olympics program in the world.”