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Movers and Shakers: Ann Rodriguez

Movers and Shakers: Ann Rodriguez

Ann Rodriguez is a strategic business leader known for the creation of Atlanta United FC, a record-setting Major League Soccer expansion team

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Ann Rodriguez is a strategic business leader with a strong record of delivering growth and successfully scaling organizations. She has a deep understanding of strategic considerations and challenges associated with high-profile, rapidly growing global brands and events, primarily in the sports and entertainment and consumer products businesses.

Rodriguez has served on the leadership teams of three startup professional soccer teams, most notably, leading the creation of Atlanta United FC, a record-setting Major League Soccer expansion team. Additionally, she has served as chief operating officer of the Women’s National Basketball Association, the longest-running women’s professional league in the world, and chief strategy and people officer for the Summer Olympic Games, the world’s largest sporting event.

Rodriguez’s strategic acumen combined with her diverse breadth of functional experience and ability to integrate across functions make her a uniquely valuable advisor. She is known for combining strategic insights and planning with focused and disciplined execution as well as quickly diagnosing and directly addressing disconnects to ensure success. She brings exceptional perspective to the development of global strategies, new business development, complex stakeholder engagement, and talent engagement and management.

Schooled under world class entrepreneurs such as Arthur Blank of Home Depot and Kevin Plank of Under Armour, Rodriguez deeply believes in balancing an ambitious vision with integrated strategic planning, disciplined measurement, and execution. She also credits positive, communicative diverse, and inclusive cultures, combined with clear goals and disciplined execution, for yielding the best results.

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