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Severance for fired Pan Am executives tops $500K

09/26/2014 02:45 EDT | Updated 11/26/2014 05:59 EST
Two former senior vice-presidents have reached severance agreements with the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee that exceed a combined $500,000.

Elaine Roper, former senior vice-president of human resources, will receive $301,451. Louise Lutgens, former senior vice-president of community and cultural affairs, will receive $271,180.91, according to a news release. 

The pair were dismissed in March, with the organizing committee describing the parting of ways as "streamlining."

“This was not a performance issue,” said SaadRafi, the committee’s CEO, at the time.

As salary, Roper received $292,774 in 2012 and Lutgens netted $232,845 the same year.

The settlements follow the terms laid out in their employment contracts, according to Pan Am. The agreement was approved by Pan Am's 12-member board of directors.

The dismissals came shortly after Rafi took the reigns of the committee in Jan. 2014. He took over from Ian Troop, who was embroiled in spending scandal before being dismissed in Dec. 2013. He was given severance worth more than $500,000.

Despite parting with nearly $600,000 over Roper and Lutgens, Rafi said the dismissals and severances actually represent $1.5 million in savings.

"This money, which would have otherwise gone to compensation, will be repurposed to front-line operations to ensure that we can improve the games experience for athletes and spectators. I know that our smaller executive team is well positioned to get these games to the finish line,” he said.

The Pan Am and Parapan American Games take place in Toronto next summer, starting July 10. 

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