Richmond native Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall was named the interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle called Marshall “dynamic,” “charismatic” and “extremely smart.” She’s the founder of Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm specializing in leadership, diversity, culture transformation and organization of people resources.
The Mavs hired Marshall, a UC Berkeley graduate, in the wake of a Sports Illustrated story alleging a culture of sexual harassment and misogyny in the Dallas Mavericks’ office.
In May, Marshall retired from AT&T where she served as senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer. During her tenure, AT&T was for the first time named one of the Fortune 100 best places to work, and also netted a No. 3 diversity ranking, according to Mavs officials.
Marshall, an avid sports fan, said at a press conference Monday that the call from Mavs owner Mark Cuban about the job was a total surprise.
“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. “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.”
A Dallas resident, Marshall received the Dallas Regional Chamber’s prestigious ATHENA award, which celebrates excellence by professional women who serve their communities in meaningful ways. Last year, the Network Journal named her one of the 15 Most Influential Women in Business.