WTA Appoint Steve Simon as New CEO

October 6, 2015

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has confirmed the appointment of Steve Simon as the new CEO of the Women’s Tour.

Simon will leave his role as the the Tournament Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, which he has run since 2004.

The appointment was confirmed by the WTA Board of Directors after reaching a unanimous decision. 

“Steve Simon, with his successful career leading one of tennis’ most prestigious tournaments, is the perfect person to run the WTA,” the Board said in a statement.

“Steve produced results, pursued excellence and he kept innovating, making the fan experience even better. He has a very clear vision for the sport and is held in high regard by all.”

Simon replaces Stacey Allaster who stepped down as CEO last week for personal reasons.

Simon said: “I am humbled and at the same time very excited about the opportunity that has been presented to me by the Board.

“I will be focused on building upon the successful platforms that have been put in place by my predecessors, Stacey Allaster and Larry Scott, with a sole focus on driving excellence and innovation, while creating a premium experience for the fans.”

WTA founder Billie Jean King added: “Steve Simon is the right person for the job. His track record is marked by success.”

Simon will begin his duties with immediate effect as he brings his role at Indian Wells to a close. He is expected to be full-time with the WTA from November 30, 2015.

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