kim ng leaves dodgers for exec job with major league baseball

Kim Ng, who has served as the Los Angeles Dodgers' assistant general since 2002, is leaving the organization to accept a senior vice president's position with Major League Baseball: Kim Ng leaves Dodgers for MLB post.

Ng will report directly to former Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who reitred from managing last year and was named executive vice president of operations for MLB last week. She will remain with the Dodgers through the end of the month. Her new position will apparently have significant focus on MLB's international operations:
"We haven't worked out all the details, but a lot of my focus will be on international operations, such as the Dominican Republic," Ng said at the Dodgers' spring-training complex. "I talked to Joe, and he described the job, and it was something of interest to me. It took a while to process and think about. I finally came to the conclusion this job was a fantastic opportunity that I couldn't afford to let pass me by."

Ng denied that her decision had anything to do with any instability within the Dodgers organization resulting from owner Frank McCourt's divorce and the possibility that the team will have to be sold.

"This is really about the opportunity in front of me," she said. "Like I said, I have a chance to help Joe help the commissioner in changing policy and having an impact on the game in a meaningful way. That [instability] really wasn't a part of this. Frank has been very good to me, and [general manager] Ned [Colletti] has been very good to me. This was an extremely difficult decision for me. I have been with this organization for almost half my career, and that was a big factor.
Ng has climbed the ranks to heights that few women have reached in professional sports. She's been up for several general manager jobs over the years, but the position remained elusive. Hopefully there's still a GM job in her future, but for now, she's got a job at the commissioner's office. More here: Kim Ng sees new job as helping her land GM job.

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