Palm Beach Gardens, United States: Jane Geddes has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the United States.
She succeeds Pam Swensen, who resigned from the organisation after 15 years of service to pursue other opportunities.
Geddes most recently served as Executive Director of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) and previously played professional golf, the winner of two Major championships and 11 LPGA Tour events.
“Jane’s successful playing career and time spent in leadership roles with the LPGA Tour, WWE Inc and with the IAGA make her an extraordinary fit for EWGA and will propel our association to the next level,” said Hilary Tuohy, EWGA Board President.
“She is clearly the right candidate to lead the next chapter of growth for EWGA. With her leadership, we are confident of our ability to expand membership opportunities into currently underserved markets and provide additional playing opportunities for existing and new female golfers.
“We look forward to the continuation of our many positive and fruitful relationships with our industry partners and corporate sponsors, as we ensure that women’s golf remains at the forefront of the golf industry.”
Geddes successfully competed as an LPGA Tour professional for 20 years, winning 14 tournaments worldwide, including two LPGA Major championships. She achieved her highest rank of third on the LPGA Tour’s money list and won the US Women’s Open Championship (1986), LPGA Championship (1987) and Women’s British Open Championship (1989).
Following her playing career, Geddes earned a law degree from Stetson University College of Law and re-entered the game as an executive at the LPGA Tour.
“I am honoured to have been named as CEO of EWGA at such a pivotal time for women in golf,” said Geddes.
“With women’s golf participation at an all-time high, the moment is right for the EWGA to expand its membership and assume a leadership role for women in the nearly US$70 billion golf industry. I look forward to the opportunity to introduce new and current golfers to this great game through the EWGA.”
Geddes’ appointment as CEO of EWGA is effective immediately.