Michael Whan, most recently CEO of Mission-Itech Hockey, has become the new commissioner of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). Mission-Itech was acquired by Bauer Hockey in September 2008.
Whan once worked for the golf division of Wilson Sporting Goods and, in
the late 1990s, served as executive vice president and general manager
for TaylorMade-Adidas Golf's North American operations.
He replaces Carolyn Bivens, who was forced out by players in July because the tour kept losing sponsors. The number of events dropped from 34 in 2008 to 28 this year.
The appointment follows an extensive three-month international search
led by an LPGA Search Committee comprised of LPGA Board player members
Juli Inkster and Helen Alfredsson along with fellow LPGA Board members
Bill Morton and Leslie Greis, who chaired the Committee.
“We established very strict criteria for the position of Commissioner
and Mike impressed us not only with his background and intellect but
also his passion for golf,” Hudson said.
“I commend the Search Committee for their exhaustive work and
commitment, and we look forward to the months and years ahead with Mike
as our Commissioner. We also owe a great debt of gratitude to Acting
Commissioner Marty Evans.
“Her success over the past three months during a potentially difficult
transition period not only allowed the Search Committee time to conduct
a thorough search but also has provided our new Commissioner with
positive momentum and a revitalized platform upon which to grow the
LPGA in the sports and business marketplace.”