WHITE PLAINS – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The USTA announced Michael Dowse, President of Wilson Sporting Goods as its new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the United States Tennis Association. The announcement was made by Patrick Galbraith, USTA Chairman of the Board and President, who led the search for current CEO Gordon Smith’s replacement.
As CEO and Executive Director, Dowse will be charged with leading the USTA’s overall vision and its strategy for the growth of tennis participation with juniors and adults at all levels, while also ensuring diversity throughout the sport. He will provide direction and support and collaborate with USTA sections, districts, Community Tennis Associations, and national committees for all of the USTA’s grassroots efforts.
Additionally, he will set the strategic direction and lead the USTA’s involvement in professional tennis in the U.S. and throughout the world, developing strategies to further promote the health and viability of professional tennis in the United States.
Dowse has served as President of Wilson since 2013. He was responsible for the company’s global strategy, corporate operations and manufacturing across more than 160 countries.
He oversaw the company’s growth and productivity initiatives, including innovation, digital transformation, product development, the formation of new business and partnerships, and the expansion of Wilson’s footprint in racquet sports, team sports, baseball, softball and golf.
“Michael’s experience as a proven industry executive and his long history with our sport make him the ideal candidate for this position,” said Galbraith. “The USTA is poised for growth, and we believe Michael will be the catalyst we need.”