WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport residents Brian Flinn and Bill Derwin have joined the board of directors of the Connecticut branch of the Special Olympics, according to a press release.
Flinn is senior vice president for marketing and communications at WWE in Stamford. His responsibilities include overseeing consumer insights and research, consumer marketing and interactive fan events, social media marketing, publicity, media relations, government relations and community partnerships and programs.
Prior, he hald several positions with the National Basketball Association, including senior vice president of marketing. There, he managed global consumer and brand marketing to support the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League. He started his career at Madison Square Garden, serving as manager of public relations for the New York Knicks.
Flinn graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science degree in television and radio. He lives in Westport.
Derwin is vice president of global field operations for Otis Elevator Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. He is functionally responsible for more than 30,000 new construction and service mechanics who install and maintain elevators and escalators worldwide. In his more than 11 years with the company, he also has served as group director for the United Kingdom and Ireland and vice president of the greater New York region. Prior to Otis, Derwin worked at McKinsey and Company in Stamford and The Boeing Company.
Derwin has extensive experience providing sports and recreational activities to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. He served as a committee member for the Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games' alpine skiing competitions, instructor of adaptive skiing and snowboarding for AbilityPlus at Mount Snow, Vermont, and training director at Outdoors for All in Seattle.
Derwin received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Originally from Waterbury, he is married, with three children.