The decision follows the recent resignation of WISPA’s President Natalie Grainger, the former world number one from the USA who also represented the Association in the capacity of Principal.
Lofdahl-Bentzer, a former Swedish tennis number one, joined the WISPA Board in 2005. Head of Women’s Professional Tennis at the ITF from 1995-99, the ex-world No14 went on to become the International Sponsoring Director for Sanex Tennis, sponsors of the WTA Tour, before becoming an advisor to the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters.
“We are so excited at WISPA to have someone with Ingrid’s credentials and experience taking over as Acting CEO,” said President Jaclyn Hawkes. “We are at an important juncture with the launch of the new World Series and the Board is confident that Ingrid is the person to help take WISPA to the next level.
“Ingrid has been acting above and beyond her role as Chairman of the Board of WISPA so the Board felt it was a natural appointment to Acting CEO,” added the world No16 from New Zealand.
Ingrid Lofdahl-Bentzer told the board: “Thank you for trusting me and appointing me! With your help, I’ll do my level best to protect, improve and advance squash in general and women’s squash in particular!”
“And, I’ll do it with great pleasure and pride!”