The WNBA has named Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert as Commissioner, effective July 17.
Engelbert was the first woman to lead a Big Four accounting firm. As a business-savvy woman who worked her way up in the ranks, she’s credited for using her leadership position to make female-forward moves like extending paid family leave.
As for her sports background, Engelbert played both lacrosse and basketball at Lehigh University. She played under legendary coach Muffet McGraw, who’s currently coaching at Notre Dame.
The league has been without leadership since October, since Lisa Borders resigned as president. The WNBA has never had a commissioner before — only presidents. ESPN writer Mechelle Voepel wrote an article outlining why Engelbert is worthy of the commissioner title:
“She’s more than qualified to be the boss of the WNBA and have an approach that says, “The buck stops here.” Past WNBA presidents have had a different title and not quite as much autonomy or authority as that position needs to be most impactful and move the league forward.”