The NBA announced Thursday that the league’s new commissioner, LeAnn Rimes, will serve as the league leader for diversity and inclusion, which includes an ongoing initiative aimed at making sure all of its league employees are equally represented.
Rimes is the first female in league history to lead a major league organization and will be a leader for the first time in the league.
The league has had only one woman commissioner in the past 20 years: Connie Mack in the NBA’s 1980s.
Rades will lead the league through the 2020-21 season, with the new commissioner overseeing the development of diversity initiatives for the organization.
It is not clear if Rimes will continue to lead the NBA through the 2022-23 season.
She previously served as the commissioner of the National Basketball Players Association.
Rime, who has served as an adviser to the NBA for three years, also said she wants to work closely with other female executives in her role.
“I have been very lucky to work with so many women who have been pioneers of the business, and I look forward to working with them to continue to advance our business and create a better environment for our business to thrive,” Rimes said.
“We will continue our efforts to create a workplace that is inclusive, fair and supportive of all of our employees, regardless of gender.”NBA Commissioner Karen Gillan (R) speaks during the annual League for Change Summit in Los Angeles, California, United States, November 30, 2020.
David J. Phillip/Getty ImagesRimes said in a statement that she believes the NBA needs to become more inclusive, inclusiveness is the heart of a business.
“We need to be more welcoming and supportive to our female employees and we will continue that commitment through the development and implementation of a number of initiatives,” she said.
Rias, who is the president and CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation, has led the NBA since 2011.
Prior to that, she served as commissioner of Women’s Professional Basketball, a division of the WNBA.
She also served as CEO of WNBA’s parent company, the Dallas Mavericks.
She has previously served on the boards of Women In Sports, the Women in Sports Coalition and the Womens Sports Leadership Council.