CEOAfter spending over 25 years at the BNP Paribas Open, Steve Simon was appointed CEO of the WTA in October 2015.
Published November 07, 2013 12:00
Steve Simon has been entrenched in the sport of tennis since competing as a collegiate player. Out of college after spending six years teaching and coaching the game, Simon joined adidas, one of the world's largest international sporting goods companies, as National Tennis Specialist, in charge of the development and management of all national, junior, collegiate and teaching professional programs. Simon was also responsible for the management of the Southern California Sales Office and all Western United States Tennis Sponsorship and Promotional Programs. In 1981, Simon competed in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
Simon joined the BNP Paribas Open Team in 1989 and was named Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in 2004. During his tenure there, he also served as Chief Operating Officer of Desert Champions LLC, Garden of Champions LLC. Outside of the Grand Slams, under Simon's leadership, the Indian Wells tournament has become the largest two-week combined tournament and is the most attended WTA and ATP World Tour tennis tournament in the world.
Simon has served as the BNP Paribas Open representative on the ATP Media Board, and as a member of the WTA Board since 2004, equally serving as Chair of the WTA Tournament Council. On October 4, 2015, by unanimous decision of the Board, Steve Simon was appointed CEO of the WTA.