COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon announced today that Charles Baker, a New York City-based sports and entertainment mergers and acquisitions attorney and an experienced age-group triathlete, has been named an independent representative on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Baker is a partner in DLA Piper’s corporate and finance practices. His practice encompasses all aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity transactions, with a core focus in the sports, media, entertainment and consumer sectors. Baker has represented buyers and sellers of franchises in every major U.S. professional sports league.
“We are excited that Chuck Baker is joining USA Triathlon’s Board of Directors. As a lawyer and a respected mergers and acquisitions specialist in sports, media and entertainment, Chuck has the background and experience that the Board needs to strengthen our legal and financial capabilities,” said USA Triathlon President Bob Wendling. “Our sport is rapidly becoming a force in the business and entertainment industry, and Chuck will play a key role in providing the required vision for the Board and, ultimately, the entire organization.”
Baker, who is an Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York City Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a member of the Sports Committee of the March of Dimes, is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Cornell Law School.
Originally from Westport, Conn., Baker has been a competitive triathlete for the past five years and enjoys multisport training with his sons, Matt and Eric.
Baker’s addition to the Board was made when the USA Triathlon Board of Directors met recently in Oro Valley, Ariz., during the 2011 Duathlon National Championship.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 135,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.