Departing LPGA commissioner Mike Whan named as new CEO of USGA
A month after announcing that he was stepping down as the LPGA commissioner, Mike Whan has been named as the new CEO of the USGA.
Whan, who has been at the helm of the LPGA for 11 years, will take up the post this summer, replacing Mike Davis.
“Mike Whan is a proven, successful and transformative leader, not only in the golf industry but throughout his entire career,” said USGA President Stu Francis, who oversaw the CEO search process.
“He has shown a unique ability to understand how the environment is changing in global golf and how to quickly and thoughtfully adapt an organization to meet those changes. Importantly, Mike is already a trusted peer for so many key stakeholders in the industry, and his existing relationships will not only help the USGA, but will also help advance the game.”
In his time with the LPGA, Whan increased the number of tournaments on the schedule to 34 from 24, increased purses from $41.4 million to $76.5 million, and grew television hours from 125 hours per season, to over 500 hours.
His leadership also resulted in a merger just over a year ago with the Ladies European Tour.
“As someone who grew up loving this game, I have always had huge respect for the USGA and its role in leading our sport,” said Whan.
“The game has given me so much throughout my life, both personally and professionally. I know I have a lot to learn, but I’m truly excited about this role, as it gives me the opportunity to not only give back to the game, but to also work hard to leave it stronger.”
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