At its annual meeting on Friday, November 11, 2022, hosted by Major League Baseball at their offices in New York City, the Little League® International Board of Directors announced its leadership transition as Hugh E. Tanner (Houston, Texas) concludes his five-year term as Chairman of the Board.
Under the new leadership, Steven P. Johnson (Williamsport, Pa.) will advance his position from Vice Chairman to Chairman and oversee the operations of the Board of Directors for a five-year term through 2028. The Board has also elected Jon D. Litner (Westport, Conn.) as the Vice Chairman and will be next in line to serve as Chairman starting in 2028 once Mr. Johnson’s service concludes. While no longer serving as Chairman, Mr. Tanner will remain a member of the Board of Directors and continue his volunteer service to the organization.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Chairman of the Board these past five years, and I am thankful to all my fellow Board members and the entire organization for allowing me this opportunity,” said Mr. Tanner. “I could not be more proud of that work that this organization has accomplished over the past few years, the resilience our volunteers have shown through such difficult times, and the memories that our Little Leaguers have gotten to experience on and off the field. I look forward to the future of the organization under the leadership of Steve and Jon and am proud to be a member of this incredible Board of Directors.”
During his time as Chairman, Mr. Tanner has helped lead the organization to develop a five-year strategic plan; enhance its Girls with Game initiative with new events and the most watched Little League Softball® World Series in 2022; navigate through the pandemic and provide support to volunteers as they return to the field; oversee the organization and operation of two International Congress events; celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Little League Baseball® World Series; successfully relocate the Little League Softball World Series location to Greenville, North Carolina, and the Central Region Headquarters to Whitestown, Ind.; provided additional opportunities through expansion of the World Series in both Greenville and Williamsport; forge a partnership with the Cuban Baseball Federation bringing Little League to the island; and extended the broadcast rights agreement with ESPN through 2030.