Originally written November 29, 2012 on Sports Business Digest:
In an industry that is still heavily dominated by men, its always a little disheartening to see a high-ranking female executive leave a position. But such is the case for Portland Trailblazers Executive VP and COO Sarah Mensah. Mensah, who had been with the Blazers for the last 19 years, recently tendered her resignation, according to the Portland Business Journal. While it hasn't been mentioned, one has to wonder if Mensah's being passed over for the Blazer's president job last summer, even after she was endorsed by outgoing president Larry Miller, played any part in her decision to now resign. Mensah was well liked in the community, becoming well-known for her work with autism groups in the Portland area -- her son also has autism, and she was even highly praised by current Blazers president Chris McGowan, “Sarah’s vision, creativity and steadfast determination were essential components of an outstanding career with the Trail Blazers,” McGowan said in a statement. “Her impact on our organization was profound. The Portland Trail Blazers are grateful for her service and commitment to excellence for 19 years.” (via PBJ) The Blazers have now seen three prominent executives leave their ranks in the past five months, including Mensah, the aforementioned Miller, and former legal head Mike Fennell.      
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