Mark A. Tatum

by Edward Cates
Mark A. Tatum
Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer
National Basketball Association

Mark A. Tatum is the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the National Basketball Association. In this role, he is responsible for all business operations, including overseeing the Global Marketing Partnerships, Global Operations and Merchandising, and Team Marketing and Business Operations departments. He also oversees the Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League, as well as the league’s Communications, Content and Marketing groups.


Prior to joining the NBA, Tatum worked for Major League Baseball in Corporate Sponsorship and Marketing, as well as the Pepsi-Cola Company in Sports Marketing department. In 2014, Sports Business Journal named Tatum one of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business.


Tatum serves on the Boards of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, USA Basketball, the Harvard Business School Club of New York, and The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. He is also a trustee at Princeton Day School, and serves on the Cornell College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Deans Advisory Council.


Tatum received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Cornell University and a MBA from Harvard University.

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