DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 1, 2021 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced today it has formally opened its search for a new LPGA Commissioner, working in partnership with executive search and leadership advisory firm Spencer Stuart. The search is under the direction of the LPGA Board of Directors and will be managed by the Commissioner Search and Transition Committee (Search Committee) led by LPGA Board Chair Diane Gulyas.
“The LPGA is excited to work alongside Spencer Stuart as we conduct a rigorous search for the Association’s next Commissioner,” said Gulyas. “Under LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan’s extraordinary leadership, the LPGA’s growth and impact on the growth of women’s golf and the broader sports landscape has been remarkable. With this solid foundation of brand and financial strength, we believe the Association is well-positioned to attract that next individual ready to propel the organization to even greater heights in expanding opportunities for our LPGA Members. We are committed to finding the leader who will preserve our unique culture and guide the Association through this next chapter in its storied history.”
With over 63 years of consulting experience and 70 offices worldwide, Spencer Stuart is considered a leading global executive search and leadership advisory firm with reach throughout all key industries. Spencer Stuart also led the search in 2009 that resulted in Whan’s appointment as LPGA Commissioner. Spencer Stuart and the Search Committee are committed to a collaborative search process and will engage with LPGA Members, partners and other key stakeholders in the development of the position profile. The process will also include a review of both internal and external candidates. Individuals interested in applying or recommending potential candidates for the position can email LPGAComm@spencerstuart.com.
Whan, who announced earlier this month that he will transition out of the LPGA Commissioner role in 2021, will continue to lead the Association through the search process.