Posted: Feb 06, 2012
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Former Harvard golf standout Leslie Greis ’80 has been named Chair of the LPGA Board of Directors, it was announced Monday. Greis has been a member of the LPGA Board of Directors since 2007.
“Leslie brings a unique blend of business success, golf industry experience and the understanding of competitive play,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “Her ability to navigate business obstacles, while understanding the challenge of running a professional sports association, makes her a perfect fit for LPGA leadership.”
As an undergraduate at Harvard, Greis was the first and only women to play on the men’s golf team, earning three varsity letters (the women’s team was not formed until 12 years later). She was honored as the 1979 Massachusetts Women’s Intercollegiate Golf champion and was also a two-time letterwinner on the Crimson women’s basketball team. One of nine golfers in the Harvard Athletic Hall of Fame, Greis turned professional after college, competing in three LPGA final qualifying tournaments.
Greis, the founder and managing member of Perennial Capital Advisors, LLC, has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Executive Committee of the Harvard Alumni Association. She currently is a trustee of the Boston Museum of Science and is a long-time member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is a past Independent Director of the PGA of America and also served on the PGA of America’s CEO Search Committee in 2005 and was instrumental in the establishment of the PGA of America's endowment.
“The LPGA, the golf industry and the global economy are at an historic inflection point and I believe the LPGA is at the beginning of a long term growth path,” Greis sad. “I look forward to working with Commissioner Mike Whan and my talented colleagues on the board, both LPGA members and independent directors, to continue to expand the LPGA and its opportunities for the next generation of professional women golfers.”