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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

WNBA President Donna Orender to step down at end of year

By Cindy Boren

The president of the WNBA is stepping down.

Donna Orender, who succeeded founding president Val Ackerman in April 2005, will resign effective Dec. 31. She will be a consultant to the league.

"I am extraordinarily proud to have served as WNBA President and to be a part of this league and all that it stands for," Orender in a statement. "While delivering a major-league experience on the court, the WNBA is truly a beacon for global, social, and cultural change off the court. The opportunity to play a role in growing this league, building its business and leveraging the power of sports to truly help change people's lives has been extraordinary.

"It was simply time for me to take this step in my life. My work on behalf of women and girls around the world will only deepen as will my ongoing engagement in sports. I am pleased to be able to continue my involvement with the WNBA as I move ahead with my new venture."

Orender will start a marketing, media and strategy company called Orender Unlimited.

"Donna's contributions to the WNBA and women's sports have been extraordinary," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement. "Under her leadership, the WNBA has continued its growth and further solidified its position as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. We are grateful for her passion and dedication and look forward to her continuing counsel as we build upon the success she helped sustain."

By Cindy Boren  | December 3, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
Categories:  WNBA  
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