WPS Names Jennifer O’Sullivan New CEO
Written By: dunny|
Sep 27, 2011
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced today the appointment of Jennifer Pogorelec O’Sullivan as the League’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The former Vice President of Legal & Labor Affairs for the Arena Football League (AFL) picks up where her WPS predecessor left off, leading the business and organizational aspects of the front office, and working closely with the Board of Governors to continue to guide the strategic direction of the League.
“WPS is comprised of the best female soccer players in the world and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be affiliated with these extremely talented women,” said O’Sullivan. “I look forward to working with our Board of Governors and the WPS team to help build upon the League’s successes of this past season and continue the growth of the League.”
O’Sullivan joins WPS following its most successful season to date, setting new attendance figures and earning a 50 percent increase in revenue at the league level in 2011. A key goal moving forward is to capitalize on the gains WPS made during its third season, and focus on continuing to build the fan and ticket base needed to sustain the League for years to come.
“After conducting a thorough search, the Board has complete confidence that Ms. O’Sullivan is the right person to be our CEO,” said T. Fitz Johnson, Chairman of the WPS Board of Governors. “Her breadth of experience in professional sports and business development complements the efforts that we are making to ensure the future of the League. We look forward to her leadership during this important next chapter of growth for WPS.”
A graduate of the University of Richmond and The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, O’Sullivan will draw on broad business and legal experience gained during her career that includes time spent at the highest levels of professional sports including the AFL and National Football League (NFL). O’Sullivan’s familiarity with all aspects of the sports industry, including strategic leadership, collective bargaining and labor relations, media and business partnerships, sponsorship, and marketing are essential to her ability to provide WPS with the needed stability and leadership to move the league closer to its long-term goals.
~ Sullivan replaces Anne-Marie Eileraas who spent less than a year on the job.
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