USA Gymnastics Names New President
USA Gymnastics has hired NBA executive Li Li Leung as its new President and CEO. She’ll take over the program at a critical time as the organization attempts restore trust in the gymnastics community and fight decertification from the U.S. Olympic Committee after it’s poor handling of theLarry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. Leung most recently served as VP for the NBA where she was responsible for identifying, leading, and managing strategic partnerships to grow the overall NBA business, enhance promotion and visibility, and increase revenue for the league. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director at the global sports management firm Helios Partners, where she built from the ground up and managed their China and London offices. Before starting her marketing career, Leung was an athlete and gymnastics coach -- she competed in several USA Gymnastics events, was a member of a U.S. junior national training team, and represented the U.S. in the 1988 Junior Pan American Games. The 1995 University of Michigan graduate, who was also a member of the university’s gymnastics team for all four years, earned both of her Master’s degrees at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She starts her new role on March 8th and will be based at the USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis. “Like everyone, I was upset and angry to learn about the abuse and the institutions that let the athletes down. I admire the courage and strength of the survivors, and I will make it a priority to see that their claims are resolved,” Leung said in a statement. “For me, this is much more than a job: it is a personal calling, for which I stand ready to answer.” More here.