Seattle Storm executive Karen Bryant announces resignation, effective at the end of the 2014 season
Seattle Storm president and CEO Karen Bryant announced that 2014 will be her last season with the team, marking 15 years with the franchise.
“I feel that now is the right time to step away from the Storm,” said Bryant in a statement. “I am so proud of all that we have accomplished the past 14 seasons. Right now, I am focused and excited about the upcoming celebration of the Storm’s 15th anniversary season.”
She will remain in her current role through much of the 2014 season while Force 10 Hoops conducts a search for a replacement.
Bryant helped make Seattle one of the most successful teams in the league with a large, loyal fan base and profitability. She joined the team in 1999 overseeing two championships, drafting marquee players Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird while surviving three ownership changes.
Seattle ownership group, Force 10 Hoops co-owner, Lisa Brummel
“Karen has been an integral part of the Seattle Storm since the beginning and we have had the great pleasure of learning from her over the past six years. We look forward to continuing our partnership as we start the 15th season of Storm basketball in Seattle and will support her in all that she wants to do as she moves on with her life pursuits.”
Storm head coach and general manager Brian Agler
“Karen has had the greatest impact on the success of the Seattle Storm over the 14 seasons of its existence,” said Storm head coach and general manager Brian Agler. “With this being Karen’s last season, we want to continue to make her proud of how this team plays on the court. I have total confidence that our ownership group will conduct a national search and put time into finding the right person and formula to take the Seattle Storm into a very successful future!”