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Chief Executive Officer

Davis leads an international team of more than 250 professionals at headquarters and 7 regional offices who support Programs in 172 countries.

Mary Davis

Her leadership focuses on addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities to be productive citizens in their communities, which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society for all. 

Davis started with Special Olympics soon after college as a local program volunteer and coach. Since then she has served in a series of leadership roles, helping create our first-ever Regional games, the 1985 Special Olympics European Games, working to build a powerful national Program as CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, and helping globalize the movement as CEO of the first Special Olympics World Summer Games held outside the US, which were the 2003 Games in Ireland. For eight years she served as President & Managing Director of Europe Eurasia. 

Davis is married to Julian Davis and has four children: Jonathan, Rebecca, Emma and Patrick