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Lisa Borders Named WNBA President

February 16,2016

Lisa Borders, who brings more than 25 years of experience in operations, marketing, government relations and public service, has been appointed President of the WNBA, it was announced today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Borders, who served most recently as Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice President, Global Community Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company, will lead the world’s premier women’s basketball league, which tips off its historic 20th season on May 14.  She will join the WNBA on March 21.

Borders was instrumental in bringing the WNBA to Atlanta in 2008, when she served as Vice Mayor of Atlanta and President of the City Council.  The Atlanta Dream has since become a mainstay of the Atlanta sports scene and part of the fabric of the local community.

As a proven executive with a passion for the WNBA and the game of basketball, Lisa is the right leader at a pivotal time in the league’s history,” said Silver.  “She will be responsible for spearheading our efforts to strengthen the WNBA and accelerate its growth.”

“The WNBA has reached a significant milestone, and I feel privileged to be joining the league at such an exciting time,” said Borders.  “I have always been a staunch supporter of this league and its tremendous athletes.  I am impressed by their talent and inspired by their passion.  The athleticism of the game and the sportsmanship exhibited between teams offers clear evidence of our ability to grow women’s basketball.”