Gillian Zucker isn't easily intimidated.
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. once attributed sagging auto racing attendance in Southern California to a Hollywood crowd that "could care less," the motorsports executive zinged the famed NASCAR driver.
"I don't tell him how to drive his car," Zucker said at the time. "I don't expect him to tell me how to run my racetrack."
Zucker traded in fast cars for NBA superstars on Thursday, becoming the Clippers' new president of business operations. She is the only female chief executive or president in major U.S. professional sports besides the Lakers' Jeanie Buss.
Zucker, 45, represents Steve Ballmer's...