(Forbes) – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has a new Executive Director. Michele A. Roberts, a Partner at Skadden, Arps , Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates was elected late last evening in Las Vegas, where thirty-two of the thirty-six possible votes were cast in her favor by team representatives and NBPA executive committee members. Roberts was the clear winner among the final three candidates for the position, which included Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Terdema Ussery and tech industry Chief Executive Officer Dean Garfield.
Michele A. Roberts is the first female to be elected to the highest position of a major sport’s players association within the United States.
“On behalf of the NBA, I would like to congratulate Michele Roberts on her appointment as the NBPA’s new Executive Director and look forward to working with her and the NBPA Executive Committee to ensure the continued health and growth of our game,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a statement following the election of Roberts. ”The partnership between our players and teams is the backbone of the league, and we are eager to continue working with the Players Association to build this relationship. I also want to thank Ron Klempner for his service as interim Executive Director over the past 18 months.”