In his tenth season with the Connecticut Sun, Chris Sienko is the Vice President and General Manager, directing the business and basketball operations for one of the most successful franchises in the WNBA. As part of his day-to-day responsibilities Sienko also oversees Sponsorship and Regional Marketing on behalf of Mohegan Sun.

Working closely with Sun coach Mike Thibault, 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 six of its first eight seasons since relocating from Orlando following the 2002 WNBA season.

Following a subpar 2009 campaign, Sienko worked with Thibault to re-tool the Sun roster, using a series of trades and signings to change the makeup of the team. The centerpiece of this reconstruction project was a blockbuster trade in January that brought Renee Montgomery and the No. 1 pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft to Connecticut in exchange for Lindsay Whalen and the No. 2 pick. The Sun used the No. 1 pick to select UConn star Tina Charles, who set new WNBA records for total rebounds and double-doubles on the way to Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Unrestricted free agent Kara Lawson was also added in the off-season to help solidify the backcourt while veteran forward DeMya Walker was picked in the Sacramento dispersal draft.

Twelve of the 14 trades in franchise history have happened while Sienko has been the GM of the Sun. 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, hired coach Mike Thibault and the rest of the Sun 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 awards an annual Bright Horizons Scholarship to one deserving Connecticut high school senior, and it helps high-risk individuals in our community. He has served on the board of the Foundation 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. Outside of the league, Sienko also sits on the Board of Directors for the not-for-profit Channel 3 Kids Camp based in Andover, CT.

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.