NEW YORK, NY -- ESPN announced today the WNBA has named Cathy Englebert, of Berkeley Heights, as the league's new commissioner.
The release stated, Engelbert brings to the WNBA "a highly impressive business background; she has been CEO at Deloitte LLP and had a 33-year career at the Big Four professional services firm."
Engelbert has led Deloitte's U.S. operation, which has more than 100,000 employees and handles billions in transactions every year. "She worked her way up in the company she joined in 1986 right out of Lehigh University, where she played basketball (for current Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw) and lacrosse. She solidified her reputation by winning the trust of individual clients. She built a career in an industry that was not friendly or encouraging to women when she entered it, and she has done tangible work in changing that," the release said.
The WNBA's ultimate goal is to become self-sufficient at some point, and Engelbert can help the league work toward that while bettering the everyday lives of the players, the release said. She can be hands-on about decisions that directly impact the players' lives and the league's growth.
Engelbert has a lifelong love of sports. And she has a career-long mastery of surviving and thriving in big business while maintaining a commitment to making that a better environment for all.
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