Current Deloitte CEO, Cathy Engelbert, has been appointed commissioner of the WNBA. She is the first woman to ever lead a Big Four professional services firm in the U.S.
Engelbert will replace Lisa Borders, who was president of the WNBA from 2016-2018, and take the new position on 17 July once her four-year term as CEO with Deloitte concludes.
NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, said: “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.
“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.”
Engelbert attended Lehigh University and received a BS in accounting. During her time at Lehigh, Engelbert was a member of the university’s basketball and lacrosse team—she was senior captain for both teams.
The Deloitte CEO has been featured on Fortune’s annual list of most powerful women for the last four years.
Amidst the announcement, Engelbert said: “It is an absolute privilege to be joining the WNBA at such an exciting and important time in its history.
“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 24 May.