Byron Spruell was named NBA President of League Operations in June of 2016. Spruell oversees critical league operations, including the Basketball Operations and Referee Operations departments and the processes regarding the management of rule changes, the evaluation and training of game officials, and the enforcement of conduct standards and discipline. He also collaborates with USA Basketball and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to promote the global growth of the game.
Prior to his role with the NBA, Spruell spent 20 years at Deloitte LLP, most recently as its Vice Chairman, Central Region Market Leader. He spearheaded the firm’s client and business growth and strategic positioning across 22 states consisting of 31 offices and more than 14,000 Deloitte professionals across the region. He also served as Chicago Managing Principal, supervising talent and community involvement initiatives in the local office.
During his tenure at Deloitte, Spruell was responsible for driving the global growth of the firm’s financial advisory business. In that capacity, he led the 8,500-person practice across nearly 150 countries, managing operations in markets such as Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan and India. Spruell also spent four years at Deloitte as Managing Principal, acting as Chief of Staff to former U.S. CEO Barry Salzberg. Before joining Deloitte in 1996, Spruell worked as an executive consultant at Peterson Consulting LLC for seven years.
Spruell has served on several charitable boards and committees, including World Business Chicago and the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and is active in various nonprofit organizations, including the United Way, Big Shoulders Fund and Chicago Urban League. He is currently on the boards of the Museum of Science and Industry, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago and the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York. It was announced May 15, 2015, that Spruell had been elected to Notre Dame's Board of Trustees.
During his undergraduate days at Notre Dame, Spruell earned four Monograms in football from 1984-87 as an offensive lineman, serving as co-captain of the 1987 team under head coach Lou Holtz. During his career, Spruell received several forms of recognition for his on the field and off the field performance. He was a two-time winner of the Toyota Leadership Award (1986, 1987), garnered Academic All-American honorable mention accolades in 1987, and earned a Ford Foundation post-graduate scholarship in 1988.
Spruell received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University in 1987 and became a Double Domer after earning his MBA from Notre Dame in 1989.
He has written several articles and often speaks on topics regarding business disputes and the quantification of economic damages. He also serves as a speaker at numerous industry conferences, firm recruiting events and diversity functions. He is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and the National Black MBA Association.
Byron and his wife Sedra reside in Chicago, Ill., and have two children: Devyn and Aleah.