Chairman Kevin Johnson, NBPA Executive Committee Announce Members of Executive Director Search

Chairman Kevin Johnson, NBPA Executive Committee Announce Members of Executive Director Search

New York – As the next step in the comprehensive process to finalize the search for an Executive Director, Chairman Kevin Johnson and the National Basketball Players Association’s Executive Committee today announced the seven members serving on the union’s Executive Director Search Committee.

The Search Committee is made up of leading professionals, bringing strong experience and expertise in a number of key areas. Each member has agreed to serve pro bono.

The members include:

  Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson
  Former NBPA President and Owner/President of Bridgeman Foods, Junior Bridgeman
  Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, a media company and investment firm, Troy Carter
  Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google, David Drummond
  Former WNBPA President and Senior Director of Business Affairs for Nike, Sonja Henning
  NBPA Counsel and Litigation Partner at Weil, Gotshal and Manges, James Quinn
  Managing Director of the search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, Charles Tribbett, III

"The group Mayor Johnson has assembled to lead this search is an absolute dream team,” said NBPA President Chris Paul. “Each member of this committee brings a unique skill set, tailor made to help us finalize our extensive search and find the best executive director candidate.”

"The NBA’s popularity is at an all-time high, growing into a $5 billion dollar industry,” said Chairman Kevin Johnson. “The influence and marketing power of the players has never been greater. That’s why I believe this is such a critical time for the Player’s Union. This Search Committee, consisting of some of the greatest thinkers and leaders in their fields, not only understand the purpose of the union, but where it could go with the right leadership. For the next four months this group has volunteered their time to ensure that the NBPA sets the standard for player representation in all professional sports.”

The Search Committee will report to the Executive Committee. It is currently anticipated that the Committee will operate for the next 90-120 days. The Search Committee will work closely with President Paul, the Executive Committee, Acting Director Ron Klempner and the NBPA staff to ensure that players and agents are consistently apprised of the plan and pending decisions at all times. This will be a fully inclusive process from start to finish.

The Executive Committee will take the recommendations of the Search Committee and ultimately decide which candidates will be presented to the Player Representatives for a final vote.

Reilly Partners, an executive search firm that works with companies to effectively find, acquire and onboard high quality talent, will continue to support the NBPA’s search efforts. The Search Committee will work with the Reilly firm to review and consider a broad field of candidates.

The National Basketball Players Association is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association. Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court.

In addition, the NBPA provides a forum for players to participate in union activities in a number of facets. From executive leadership roles, to team representative positions, global community outreach initiatives and more, the NBPA offers each NBA player the opportunity to get involved in the democratic institution that was created for, continues to exist for and is run by them.


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