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Bart McGuire Quits As CEO of WTA

May 7, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Bart McGuire is resigning as chief executive officer of the WTA Tour, the second top executive to leave the tennis organization in a month.

The tour will move its offices in Connecticut and Florida to an undetermined location in the Southeast, McGuire said Monday.

McGuire, who said he resigned for personal and family reasons, will stay on until the end of the year. He will chair the search committee for a new CEO.

Last month, Elizabeth Garger resigned as the WTA Tour’s chief operating officer and was replaced by Josh Ripple.

Leading sites being considered for the new officers are Charleston and Daniel Island, S.C.; the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Fla., and St. Petersburg, Fla., the current home of the tour’s Florida office. The move is expected to happen in 2002.

``The plan to relocate is the final step in the transformation of the tour during my tenure,″ said McGuire, who became CEO in January 1998. ``Women’s tennis is thriving as never before, and it is poised for further progress.″

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