Former LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan Named New USGA Executive Director, CEO

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LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan looks on the 18th hole after Lydia Ko’s -19 under victory during the final round of the KIA Classic at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort on March 27, 2016 in Carlsbad, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Former LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan has been named the United States Golf Association’s new executive director and CEO, replacing the outgoing Mike Davis.

The announcement was made this morning via press release.

“Mike Whan is a proven, successful and transformative leader, not only in the golf industry but throughout his entire career,” USGA president Stu Francis said in a statement.

“He has shown a unique ability to understand how the environment is changing in global golf and how to quickly and thoughtfully adapt an organization to meet those changes.

“Importantly, Mike is already a trusted peer for so many key stakeholders in the industry, and his existing relationships will not only help the USGA, but will also help advance the game.”

Whan, a former executive with Procter & Gamble, became LPGA commissioner in 2010 and oversaw an increase from 24 tournaments and $41.4 million in prize money to 34 events with $76.4 million this year.

“As someone who grew up loving this game, I have always had a huge respect for the USGA and its role in leading our sport,” Whan said in the statement.

“The game has given me so much throughout my life, both personally and professionally. I know I have a lot to learn, but I’m truly excited about this role, as it gives me the opportunity to not only give back to the game, but to also work hard to leave it stronger.”

As the leader of the USGA, Whan will oversee 14 championships, highlighted by the flagship U.S. Open, as well at the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup.

Whan will be the eighth person to occupy the position of executive director. He will assume his new position later this summer when Davis officially exits.


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