September 26, 2011
WPS names O’Sullivan to top post
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – For the third time in less than three years, Women’s Professional Soccer will have a different woman leading the league. Jennifer Pogorelec O'Sullivan was named the WPS’ Chief Executive Officer on Monday, taking over the role from Ann Marie Eileraas, who stepped down at the end of the season.
The CEO position is the de-facto commissioner’s job. Eileraas was in the position little more than a year, taking over from league founder Tonya Antonucci.
The former Vice President of Legal & Labor Affairs for the Arena Football League, O’Sullivan will be working closely with the Board of Governors to continue to guide the strategic direction of the League, which has struggled, but may have found a new spark on the heels of the Women’s World Cup.
"WPS is comprised of the best female soccer players in the world and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be affiliated with these extremely talented women," said O'Sullivan. "I look forward to working with our Board of Governors and the WPS team to help build upon the League's successes of this past season and continue the growth of the League."
A graduate of the University of Richmond and The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, O'Sullivan will draw on broad business and legal experience gained during her career that includes time spent at the highest levels of professional sports including the AFL and National Football League.
O'Sullivan serves as a member of the National Board of Directors for Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association, the Association of the City Bar of New York, and the New York State Bar Association.