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Shoemaker moving up to president at WTA Tour under Allaster

The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour is promoting David Shoemaker to president, the No. 2 position at the women’s tennis group. He takes over for Stacey Allaster, who was recently named the WTA’s chief executive.

Shoemaker will continue overseeing
the Asia-Pacific region for the tour.
David Shoemaker
Age: 38
Organization: Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
New title: President
Current titles: Head of Asia-Pacific region, chief operating officer, general counsel
Education: B.A., University of Toronto (Trinity College), 1992; LLB/JD, University of Western Ontario, 1996
1996-97: Law clerk for Rt. Hon. Antonio Lamer, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada
1997-2001: Associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore
2001-04: Associate at Proskauer Rose
2004: Joined the WTA Tour as general counsel
2005: Added COO role at the WTA
2008: Added Asia-Pacific region responsibilities with opening of tour’s Beijing office
2009: Promoted to WTA president

Shoemaker, 38, will start work as president while continuing in his present role as head of the WTA Asia-Pacific region and both general counsel and chief operating officer for the tour, but he expects to drop those positions by the end of the year. The WTA plans to announce his promotion this week.

“My new role as president is one that will involve overseeing significant businesses and microbusinesses of the tour, namely the broadcast media, TV and digital-media rights areas, the whole tournament and on-site operations areas, some of the major internal operations of the tour, and lastly, our whole Asia-Pacific region will remain under my responsibility and oversight,” Shoemaker said. He also will oversee the season-ending championships.

Shoemaker had been a contender for the chief executive spot, though seen as a long shot for that. He pronounced himself thrilled with Allaster being selected to the position and plans to move to the WTA headquarters city, St. Petersburg, Fla., from Beijing by the end of the year.

The WTA expects to find a new head of the nine-person Beijing office, with that person reporting to Shoemaker, as well as a new general counsel. Details about filling the COO slot were not immediately clear.

Shoemaker and Allaster together give the WTA the unusual distinction of being a major sports organization with Canadians in its top two executive positions.

Shoemaker got his start in sports with Proskauer Rose’s sports group before becoming the WTA’s general counsel in 2004. In May 2008, he moved to Beijing to run the tour’s burgeoning Asian operations. The sudden resignation of Chief Executive Larry Scott earlier this year opened the door for a reshuffling of responsibilities.

In 2007, when his titles were COO and general counsel, Shoemaker earned $339,337, according to the group’s tax return for that year, the most recent available.

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