Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Breaking News

by Savannah
Canadians to Run WTA in Interim

The The Globe & Mail reports the following:

The Globe and Mail has learned that the WTA Tour will announce Thursday that its president, Stacey Allaster, and David Shoemaker, its chief operating officer and general counsel, will take over joint stewardship of the tour effective July 1.

That is the date current chairman and CEO, Larry Scott, officially leaves his position after six years to become the commissioner of the PAC-10 athletic conference in the western United States.

Allaster, who joined the WTA Tour three and a half years ago as president after serving as Tennis Canada vice-president and tournament director of the Canadian Open in Toronto, still appears to be the favourite to succeed Scott. But the tour has hired world leading executive recruitment firm, Korn/Ferry, to carry out a search to make sure there is no appearance of hiring from the inside without proper procedures.

Allaster, 45, from Toronto, and Shoemaker, a 38-year-old Ottawa native, are both Canadians. Shoemaker, a lawyer, currently heads up the tour’s Asia-Pacific office in Beijing. Considered a rising star with the WTA Tour, he worked for seven years with two New York law firms and was involved in sports-related dealings with the NHL, teams in the NFL and MLB as well as the ATP and Major League Soccer.

It was recently revealed in the Globe and Mail that Shoemaker is also a candidate to succeed Scott.

Tom Tebbutt
WIMBLEDON, England — Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2009 10:04AM EDT

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