As the candidate checklist for LPGA commissioner continues to slender, Golfweek has discovered that one other prominent feminine chief within the business is now not within the combine. Alex Baldwin, present president of the Korn Ferry Tour, confirmed that she has made her resolution relating to the function and stays dedicated to the PGA Tour.
“With the Korn Ferry Tour, I’m fortunate to have an incredible team,” Baldwin wrote in a textual content, “and I’m really excited about the future of the KFT.”
In January of 2019, Baldwin made historical past as the primary feminine to steer one of the PGA Tour’s international excursions as president.
Prior to becoming a member of the PGA Tour in 2017 as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Baldwin was a Corporate Consulting Executive at CAA Sports in Jacksonville Beach. Before that she labored with Boston-based Fenway Sports Management and IMG as a participant agent, representing Karrie Webb and Suzann Pettersen.
The LPGA board is predicted to decide by the top of May. Mike Whan, who on Feb. 17 was named the USGA’s next CEO, will formally take over in Far Hills, New Jersey, on July 1.
The LPGA employed the manager search and management advisory agency of Spencer Stuart to assist with the transition. While a number of inner candidates on the LPGA have been into account, a supply who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to talk on the matter, stated inner candidates are now not within the working.
Roberta Bowman, the LPGA’s chief model and communications officer who spent twenty years with Duke Energy in Charlotte, North Carolina, instructed Golfweek that she isn’t a candidate for the function.
“I’ve loved my time at the LPGA,” stated Bowman, “but my next job is going to be full retirement.”
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Last month, Suzy Whaley, the primary feminine president of the PGA of America confirmed to Golfweek that she had taken her name out of the race. She didn’t say why.
One one who stays on the checklist of finalists, in line with a supply who’s aware of the method, is former LPGA Chief Commercial Officer Jon Podany. Prior to his 9 years with the LPGA, Podany spent 15 years with the PGA Tour, together with 5 as a senior vp of enterprise growth. Before that he spent eight years at Proctor & Gamble. He additionally served as president and CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises for one 12 months after leaving the LPGA.
Podany is at the moment a associate and CEO at CampusLore, a university sports activities content material/media platform that’s the voice of former gamers on the school sport. Podany and Whan walked onto the soccer workforce as freshman at Miami of Ohio and have been later roommates when each labored at P&G.
According to sources, Spencer Stuart solid a large internet in search of Whan’s substitute and the finalists embrace a high-level feminine govt at a Fortune 500 firm.
A choice is predicted within the subsequent two weeks.