May 27, 2014

Tiger Woods Foundation announces new leadership

The Tiger Woods Foundation announced today the appointment of Rick Singer as president and CEO, effective in June. In this role, Singer will lead the foundation that currently operates seven Tiger Woods Learning Centers, the nationwide Earl Woods Scholarship Program and six signature fundraising events, including three PGA TOUR tournaments.

“After an extensive national search, it was clear Rick’s leadership and sports marketing experience made him the ideal candidate for this position,” Tiger Woods said. “My charity work is extremely important to me, and I look forward to expanding our programs even further with Rick.”

A native of New Jersey, Singer will bring to the Tiger Woods Foundation more than 23 years of experience in the golf and sporting entertainment industries.

Singer joins the Tiger Woods Foundation from IBM, where he served as vice president of client executive marketing. While at IBM, he managed all global sponsorships including the Masters, the USGA U.S. Open, the tennis Grand Slams and the Tony Awards, in addition to a variety of sports and entertainment relationships. Singer also played a pivotal role in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where he acted as the director of Olympic marketing and developed the corporate marketing plan for IBM.

“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to work for a nonprofit organization that makes such a strong impact on young students,” Singer said. “The Tiger Woods Foundation is a leader in philanthropy and event planning, and I’m looking forward to working with this dedicated team.”

Prior to his role at IBM, Singer served as director and group manager for the NBA and as vice president, consulting for Kemper Sports Marketing. Singer holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management.

Singer replaces Greg McLaughlin, who served as the foundation’s president and CEO from 2000-2014. McLaughlin departed the foundation in May 2014 for a position with the PGA TOUR.