NEW YORK (March 2, 2021) — Allegis Partners (AP), a global executive search firm, announced the successful completion of the Chief Executive Officer succession process at the United States Golf Association (USGA) in Liberty Corner, NJ with the hiring of Mike Whan. Mike succeeds Mike Davis who will retire at the end of the year. The CEO succession process was supported by Keith Meyer, Global Practice Leader of Allegis Partners’ CEO & Board Practice.
The USGA is a not-for-profit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, the USGA conducts many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. Golf fans who engage with USGA championships, especially the U.S. Open, include 250,000 on-site spectators and millions of broadcast viewers and digital consumers.
As CEO, Mike will be responsible for leading the association’s operations, including all golf and business functions and essential programs. He will also define the strategy and priorities that will carry the USGA forward in collaboration with the Executive Committee.
“When a revered and successful CEO like Mike Davis decides to take the next step in his professional journey, identifying a successor is not an easy task. In this case, Mike Whan is the perfect fit, as he is not only a proven and gifted leader, but he also has a deep passion for the game and a great deal of respect for the USGA,” said Keith Meyer. “It has been a pleasure working with the Executive Committee over the past three years, helping expand the board’s composition and now assisting with the CEO succession process.”
Mike will join the USGA later this summer after spending the last 11 years with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) as Commissioner. Under Mike’s leadership, the LPGA experienced historic growth and became a truly global business – with players, tournaments, sponsors and fans coming from all over the world. Before the LPGA, Mike served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Mission-ITECH Hockey Company. He also held senior leadership positions at Taylormade-adidas Golf and Wilson Sporting Goods. Mike began his career at Procter & Gamble.