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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Names William Caswell 2015 Board Chair, Celebrates Special Olympics World Games

January 30, 2015

PASADENA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has named William Caswell, senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, as the 2015 board chair. The announcement was made last night at the inaugural dinner. Previously, Caswell served as vice chair of the L.A. Area Chamber.

“I’m honored to serve as the board chair for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce,” said Caswell. “I’m looking forward to utilizing what I’ve learned throughout my career to more actively engage a range of businesses and communities with the Chamber and focus on improving the economic health of the Los Angeles.”

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Dinner is recognized as the premier business and civic leadership event in Los Angeles. The dinner celebrated the installation of Caswell as the 2015 board chair, recognized the recipients of the Distinguished Business Leader Award, Corporate Leadership Award and the Civic Medal of Honor, and included a special recognition to the Special Olympics World Games. In attendance to celebrate were 1960 Olympic gold medalist and founder of Special Olympics Southern California, Rafer Johnson, and Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of the Special Olympics World Games.

“This July we’ll be welcoming the world to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, an event that will have a positive effect on the L.A. region’s economy and will surely have a personal and profound impact on each of us,” said Caswell.

Kaiser Permanente is proud to be both a founding champion and official health partner of the 2015 World Games.  More than 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries will participate in the 2015 Special Olympic World Games, marking it the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California
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