Shelly Cayette is going all out for International Women’s Day. Cayette was promoted to executive vice president and chief operations officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to AfroTech. Cayette is the first Black woman to hold the post of vice president for an NBA team.
Cayette has been a member of the team since 2012. She was the senior vice president of global partnerships prior to her promotion. Cayette’s work caught the attention of the sports industry, and she was named to the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list in 2021, according to Black Enterprise.
Cayette has vast professional experience in the NBA as a former basketball player. She began her career in 2007 with the New Orleans Hornets, where she worked in the marketing department.
“Shelly Cayette is both a game-changer and a leader of the highest caliber,” Nic Barlage, the Cavaliers’ president of business operations and Rock Entertainment Group chief operating officer, said in a statement about Cayette’s promotion. “This promotion is a reflection of not only those qualities and the business success she has generated, but the person she is and how she has impacted so many other members of our organization, our community and our industry.”
@BleacherReportCleveland Cavaliers promote Shelly Cayette-Weston to executive vice president and chief operating officer, per @sbjsbd.
She is the first Black woman to hold this role with an NBA team 👏 @HighlightHER
What a day to celebrate International Women’s Day!