By Dwain Price
The Dallas Mavericks recorded a slam dunk today when they hired Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall to become the franchise’s new interim chief executive officer.
Marshall is the founder of Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm that specializes in leadership, diversity and inclusion, culture transformation and overall optimization of people resources. Before that, she retired from AT&T last May where she served as, among other jobs, the senior vice president-human resources and chief diversity officer.
At AT&T, Marshall was responsible for identifying and developing leaders, aligning employees with the company’s vision and priorities, overseeing major business unit human resource support, performance development, employee engagement, skills transformation, EEP and affirmative action.
Marshall joins the Mavs at a time when this job wasn’t even on her radar.
“In my wildest dreams – and I have had some pretty big dreams and some wild dreams in my life — I never saw this coming,” Marshall said at a press conference today at American Airlines Center. “While I grew up playing sports supporting my three children in their sports endeavors and can often be down cheering for my favorite sports teams, all of that is very different from receiving a call from the owner of an NBA team with a passionate – and I can’t express that enough – with a passionate and heartfelt invitation to contribute to sports and the community in a very unique way.”