Jesse Jones named WPA chairman emeritus

Jesse Jones
Jesse Jones moves up to WPA chairman emeritus.

The World Poker Association announced a major shift in its leadership today as Jesse Jones was named chairman emeritus.

Jesse Jones established the WPA in 2005, and this step allows him to focus on his broad strategic vision for the organization. He was previously the chairman of the board of directors, and he will remain a part of the board.

Jones' goal is to make the WPA the PGA of poker. The WPA's mission is to promote professionalism in poker worldwide and support the standards of ethical conduct in tournament poker activities.

"The WPA represents the interests of tournament poker players around the world that seek to affect the future of tournament poker, individually and as a group," says the WPA Web site.

To fill Jones' chairman roll, Wendeen Eolis has been moved up from vice chairman to chairman of the Board.

Eolis is the CEO of Eolis International Group, a legal/business consultancy. She had been a longtime advisor to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and later became an advisor to Gov. George Pataki in New York.

Her poker resume includes election to the inaugural World Poker Tour Professional Poker Tour and six cashes in the World Series of Poker. The WSOP has also issued a commemorative chip in her honor.

"Our Board of Directors is pushing forward with its efforts to promote poker as a sport with the highest ethical standards because of Jesse's vision and determination to create this vibrant association," said Eolis in accepting her new role.

"The depth and diversity of talent provided by Ken Adams in tandem with fellow officers Joe Hachem and Harry Thomas, who remain as Secretary and Treasurer respectively, allow[s] us to broaden our vision and has strengthened our leadership."

Ken Adams was recently added to the board of directors, and he will be taking over the vice chairman spot vacated by Eolis.

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