Thursday Dec. 5, 2013 13:22 ET

Dimitri Soudas quits Canadian Olympic Committee

Communications director to start own firm

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Dimitri Soudas, shown in this file photo, announced on Thursday that he was leaving his post as the head of communications with the Canadian Olympic Committee. (File/Canadian Press)

Dimitri Soudas, the former spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is leaving his post as the Canadian Olympic Committee's executive director of communications two months before the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Soudas will be starting up his own public relations firm after two years with the COC.

"We can confirm that Dimitri Soudas is leaving the COC for an opportunity in Ottawa," the COC said an email to The Canadian Press. "We thank him for his two years of service to the COC and our athletes and coaches and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours."

Soudas joined the Prime Minister's Office as a press secretary in 2006, and was appointed as the director of communications in 2010.

He joined the COC in Sept. 28, 2011, and was with the team for the 2012 London Olympics.

"Congratulations Dimitri. Enjoyed working with you in London," Simon Whitfield, a two-time medallist in triathlon, posted on Twitter. "All the best to you and your family. .superpro"

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