WASHINGTON, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Cathy Engelbert, current CEO of Deloitte, has been appointed Commissioner of the WNBA, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on Wednesday.
She will join the WNBA on July 17 and report to Silver, once her four-year term as CEO with Deloitte concludes.
"Cathy is a world-class business leader with a deep connection to women's basketball, which makes her the ideal person to lead the WNBA into its next phase of growth," said Silver. "The WNBA will benefit significantly from her more than 30 years of business and operational experience including revenue generation, sharp entrepreneurial instincts and proven management abilities."
"It is an absolute privilege to be joining the WNBA at such an exciting and important time in its history," said Engelbert. "I see tremendous opportunity to bolster visibility for the sport of women's basketball, empower the players, and enhance fan engagement. I look forward to using my business expertise and passion for basketball to promote women in the game and beyond, and to working with the teams and world-class athletes to help grow this league into a thriving business."
The WNBA's 23rd season tips off on May 24.