Chris Sienko begins his 12th season as the Vice President and General Manager of the Connecticut Sun, directing the business and basketball operations for one of the most successful franchises in the WNBA. Sienko is also a Vice President of Mohegan Sun, with day-to-day oversight of Sponsorship and Regional Marketing for all Mohegan Sun owned properties.

Throughout his tenure, Sienko has been extremely aggressive during each offseason, using trades and free agent signings to build a team that has been a perennial contender, qualifying for the playoffs in eight of its 11 seasons since relocating from Orlando.

Following the 2012 campaign, Sienko opted not to bring back longtime head coach Mike Thibault after the Sun fell short of a trip to the WNBA Finals. The search for Thibaultís replacement ended when Sienko convinced Hall of Famer Anne Donovan to return to the WNBA, where she had enjoyed remarkable success highlighted by a championship with the Seattle Storm in 2004.

Eighteen of the 20 trades in franchise history have happened while Sienko has been the GM of the Sun. The most recent deal occurred during the 2014 WNBA Draft, when Connecticut sent Charles to New York in exchange for Kelsey Bone, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft (Alyssa Thomas) and New Yorkís first pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft. Previous trades have netted Margo Dydek, Asjha Jones and Whalen.

Sienko was charged with overseeing a hectic transition period that began when the Mohegan Tribe purchased the Orlando Miracle on Jan. 28, 2003. In the days between that announcement and the Sunís first preseason game against the New York Liberty, Sienko traded for Connecticut icon Rebecca Lobo, hire the Sun coaching staff and front office staff, helped negotiate the teamís radio and television contracts and managed all of the other day-to-day business functions of the franchise, including player contracts and personnel moves for the team. In addition to his role as GM for the Sun at that time, Sienko was concurrently directing all sporting events for the property, including boxing, wrestling, college and professional basketball, bowling, billiards and more.

Sienko was the impetus behind the creation of the Connecticut Sun Foundation, a not-for-profit founded in 2007. The Foundation has awarded eight scholarships over two years to students at Goodwin College, and it also provided Bright Horizons Scholarships to four deserving Connecticut high school seniors. He also guided charitable efforts that led to various donations supporting causes such as Red Cross Oklahoma Tornado relief in 2013, and Red Cross relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Sienko has served on the Foundation board since its inception.

Sienko sits on several different committees for the WNBA including the Competition Committee, Rules and Regulations, Marketing, Advertising and Sponsorship committees. He is also on an advisory committee, made up of all the COOís in the league.

In 2013, Sienko was chosen to serve on the 2013-16 USA Basketball Womenís National Team Player Selection Committee. Sienko will help pick the 2014 USA World Championship and 2016 U.S. Olympic teams during this four-year commitment. Other members of the committee include Womenís National Team Director Carol Callan, San Antonio Silver Stars General Manager and Head Coach Dan Hughes, WNBA star and three-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith and Renee Brown, who is the WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations.

Prior to joining Mohegan Sun, Sienko was an integral part in the start-up of another professional sports team, the ABLís New England Blizzard, where he served as vice president of marketing, then general manager. He also was president of the Arthur Robert Group, a small advertising agency in Connecticut for eight years, as well as vice president of marketing for thePit.com, which was successfully sold to Topps, Inc. in 2000.

Sienko is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.