National Basketball Players Association to begin search for successor to Michele Roberts

NEW YORK, NY — The National Basketball Players Association Executive Committee is announcing that it will begin the search for a successor to Executive Director Michele Roberts. Recognizing the importance of succession planning to ensure the continued success and growth of the NBPA, Ms. Roberts and the Executive Committee are focusing on a strategy for the Union’s future.

Since being elected in 2014, Ms. Roberts has led the Union though significant change and created great value for NBA players through newly implemented programs designed to meet the needs of players both during and after their careers. Importantly, Ms. Roberts also led the NBPA through a successful round of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.

“For the past six years, I have greatly enjoyed and continue to enjoy leading the NBPA and am proud of all we have been able to accomplish. When I agreed to a second contract as Executive Director, I made clear that I would not be seeking a third. The Executive Committee and I are committed to making certain my successor is thoroughly prepared to assume the position upon my departure from the NBPA and continue its sustained path for growth,” Ms. Roberts said.

“As with any organization, a strong succession plan is critical to continuing our success,” said Chris Paul, President of the NBPA. “Building on lessons from previous transitions, we are grateful for Michele’s leadership in facilitating the Union’s next chapter, at a time when the Union is strong and unified before the next round of CBA negotiations.”

“Every day, organizations are thinking strategically about their long-term needs,” said Anthony Tolliver, NBPA Secretary-Treasurer, “and that is what we are doing here.”

“Our goal is to continue the vision of creating business opportunities for, and the protection of the rights of, NBA players,” said Andre Iguodala, the NBPA’s First Vice President, “and we know it will take some time to find a leader with the same integrity and commitment to our players as Michele has shown over these past few years.”

The Executive Committee is working with Dechert LLP and Heidrick & Struggles to identify and evaluate candidates. Nominations and resumes can be sent to NBPAED@heidrick.com.