The LPGA has announced that Mollie Marcoux Samaan has been named its next Commissioner.
Marcoux Samaan, currently the Ford Family Director of Athletics at Princeton University, will become the LPGA’s ninth Commissioner since its formation in 1950. She will succeed Mike Whan who is taking on the CEO role at the USGA.
Marcoux Samaan will be working with the LPGA Board and the University to transition to her new role in the months ahead.
“Our selection of Mollie Marcoux Samaan as the LPGA’s next Commissioner is the outcome of an extensive and deliberate search process,” said Diane Gulyas, Chair of the LPGA Board of Directors and the Search Committee.
“The position attracted a diverse group of outstanding internal and external candidates, all passionate about the LPGA. We concluded that Mollie is the right leader to guide the LPGA’s next chapter of growth, impact and achievement.
“Mollie understands the power of golf to change the lives of girls and women. As a values-centered leader, she’s known for her skills in collaboration, managing through complexity and building a winning team culture.
“In every role, she’s had an outstanding record of performance in navigating change, forging lasting partnerships, and seeing – and seizing – new opportunities.”
LPGA Hall of Famer and Search Committee member Juli Inkster added, “Our search process was disciplined and thorough. We were impressed and honored by the large number of quality of leaders interested in the LPGA. But in the end, Mollie stood above the rest.
“We were impressed by her track record working with athletes; with her ability to forge new and innovative partnerships; and with her personal passion, authenticity and proven persistence for excellence.”
In a released statement, Marcoux Samaan said, “The LPGA Commissioner role is one of the best jobs in sports today and the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I’m passionate about the game of golf and have been an LPGA fan since I was a little girl. I appreciate the LPGA’s history and the tenacity of its 13 Founders.
“I’m truly inspired by our Tour players and teaching professionals. I’m excited to dive into the LPGA initiatives to impact women and girls in the game at every age and ability. And, to learn about and contribute to all aspects of the LPGA’s business.
“I believe passionately that sports have the power to change the world. And in this moment in time – with the positive energy around women’s sports, women’s leadership and society’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – I believe the LPGA has an incredible opportunity to use our platform for positive change.
“I’ve devoted my career to developing character, confidence and opportunities through sports. My mission and the LPGA’s mission are fully aligned: providing women and girls the opportunity to achieve their dreams through golf.”
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