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ARTHUR, ARTHUR: GRIFFITHS LEAVES ORCA BAY

          Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment Vice Chair Arthur
     Griffiths, "the man who built and once owned GM Place and
     all the that call it home," confirmed Friday that he is
     leaving the company, according to Mark Hume of the VANCOUVER
     SUN.  Griffiths will move on to "cultivate new business
     interests" and "head a bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympics
     to Vancouver and Whistler."  He said he agreed to move after
     discussions with Orca Bay officials a month ago.  Griffiths:
     "It was mutually agreed. ... This is a delicate situation --
     but it works for me."  Orca Bay VP/ Communications Kevin
     Gass "denied Griffiths was asked to leave."  Gass:
     "Basically, Arthur decided, given a number of factors, that
     he would relocate."  Orca Bay President & CEO Stephen
     Bellringer will move into Griffiths' office (VANCOUVER SUN,
     11/8).  Griffiths: "I didn't think there was any point in
     fighting it."  In Vancouver, columnist Gary Mason:
     "[G]riffiths was not an Orca Bay guy.  Ever.  He was a
     holdover from the mom and pop operation he ran.  When
     Vancouver was a little more innocent.  Griffiths always
     looked out of place among the suave, young Seattle yuppies
     that came in to run the show" (VANCOUVER SUN, 11/8).

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