Published on February 28th, 2018 | by Landon Buford


The Dallas Mavericks Hire Cynthia Marshall As Their Interim CEO


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Cynthia Marshall is the Founder of Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm that specializes in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture Transformation and overall optimization of people resources. Last May she retired from AT&T where she served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Cheif Diversity Officier. She was responsible for identifying and developing leaders, aligning employees with the company’s vision and priority, overseeing major business unit HR support, performance development, employee engagement, skills transformation initiatives, EEO and Affirmative Action. She also led the team that created a world-class, Diversity and Inclusion culture, landing At&T in the top 3 on Diversity Inc’s  Companies to Work FOr list in 2017, one of only two Fortune 50 companies. She also serves as SVP- Human Resources Chief Diversity Office roles, Marshall was the President -AT&T North Carolina where she became the first African- American chair of the North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce. She has over 30 years of technical, non- technical, line and staff telecommunications leadership experience.

Marshall received the Dallas Regional Chamber’s prestigious ATHENA award, which celebrates women who achieved excellence in their professions, serve the community in a meaningful way and help other women reach their full potential. She also was honored last year by The Network Journal, who named her as one of the 15 Most Influential Women in Business.

“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 at a press conference today at American Airlines Center. “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.”

“I believe I saw the majority of the tail end of the press conference—at least half of it — and then she came in and she and I sat down for about 15 or 20 minutes,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “And then I brought her in to meet all the players.

“She’s going to be great. She’s dynamic, she’s charismatic and she’s extremely smart.”

“She said she was there for AT&T and she took her son to a game and I presented them with a ball. And like I said, I feel bad I don’t remember it. She remembered it and she was killing me that I didn’t. At least we’ve got some history.”

Marshall grew up in Richmond, CA, and earned degrees in business administration and human resources management from the University of California-Berkeley. In addition, she holds honorary doctorate of humane letters degrees from Livingstone College and Bennett College.

“I’m definitely excited to have her on board,” Barnes said. “She seems very juiced to get involved, make some changes, right the ship, so I’m excited about that.”

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