SBD/September 28, 2011/People and Pop Culture

LPGA's Jane Geddes Leaving The Tour For Role With WWE

Geddes will begin her role as WWE VP/Talent Relations on Monday
LPGA Commissioner MIKE WHAN sent a letter to the Tour's staff yesterday informing them Senior VP/Tournament Operations & Player Services JANE GEDDES is leaving the LPGA effective Friday. Geddes on Monday will begin a new position with the WWE as VP/Talent Relations. The new role means Geddes will leave her Florida home and relocate to the WWE HQs in Stamford, Conn. “It just felt like the right time in my life to really make a distinct change like that,” Geddes said. The LPGA said current staff will assume Geddes' responsibilities until it determines its next step. Geddes, a two-time major champion, retired from playing in ’03. She served as an intern with the LPGA in ’06 while in law school at Stetson Univ. and was hired full-time in ’07. During her five years with the tour, Geddes most prominently was the LPGA's representative during the initiative to include golf in the '16 Olympics. She also spearheaded the new scoring system introduced earlier this year as well as the league’s new qualifying requirements, recently spotlighted with 16-year-old LEXI THOMPSON’s victory at the NaviStar LPGA Classic. Geddes said the new opportunity is “not only a good fit but also going to be a challenge.” “I’ve been around golf for so long that an opportunity to really go outside that -- obviously at the WWE, which is a big change from the LPGA -- I found that very interesting and really exciting,” she said.
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