By Tom Degun

john_scott_29-07-11July 29 - The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee have begun a global search for a permanent chief executive following the controversial resignation of John Scott at the end of last month.

Scott joined Glasgow 2014 in April 2008 from UK Sport - where he had been the international director and director of drug-free sport - but the 59-year-old quit his £179,000 ($286,000) role after he admitted to breaking rules over accepting gifts and hospitality from a potential supplier.

Glasgow 2014 did not specify what Scott had done but it later emerged that he had received free tax advice worth £6,000 ($8,750) from accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) even though the Organising Committee have a strict policy that employees are not allowed to accept any gifts or gratuities above the value of £100 ($145).

Following the departure of Scott, American chief operating officer David Grevemberg was made acting chief executive of Glasgow 2014 on a temporary basis but the Organising Committee have announced they are now looking for an individual to take up the role on a permanent basis.

"We have started our global search to get the best candidate possible to deliver an athlete centred, sport focused Commonwealth Games," said Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Robert Smith.

"With three years to go, we need someone with a proven track record at an international level and passion for sport.

"We are starting with an open book here and will consider anyone from home or away who meets the criteria."

"We want the best for Glasgow and the best for Scotland, and that's why we're looking as far and wide as we can to bring the best person to the table to make Glasgow 2014 the success we want it to be."

The appointment of the new chief executive will be made by a Nominations Committee, chaired by Lord Smith and comprising of representatives of each of the Games Partners.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to take part in an interview process with the salary of the chosen candidate depending on the individual and their experience.

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