Worcestershire CCC has announced that Deputy Chief Executive, David Leatherdale, will take over as Chief Executive from Mark Newton on 1st October following Newton's decision to resign from a position he has held for over 10 years.
Chairman, Martyn Price, says "Mark has informed the Board he would like to stand down as the Chief Executive at the end of the season. Since becoming the Club's first Chief Executive, Mark has been successful in seeing us through a period of great change within cricket itself and at the Club. We have had in place a succession plan and I am delighted that David has agreed to take over as Chief Executive. He was a very popular cricketer during his playing career and over the last five years has been a highly innovative and successful Commercial Director."
Mark Newton says "For me it has been an honour and a privilege to be Chief Executive of the Club. The last three years since the summer floods have been extraordinarily challenging but thanks to the help of so many people, the Club has survived. Financially it is difficult at present but I believe the actions of last year and the hoped for hotel development will put the Club in a relatively strong position in a year or two's time. The emergence of the young players this season has been very satisfying and is the way forward even though the transition has been painful for members and supporters at times.
I have been lucky enough to work with two excellent Chairmen in John Elliott and Martyn Price and I am even more pleased to see that David will take over soon. He is a highly talented and motivated person who will be an excellent leader for the Club in the years ahead."
David Leatherdale says "I have gained a great insight into the internal structures of the Club over the last 5 years and particularly the last 2 as Deputy CEO during what, it is fair to say, have been particularly difficult times.
"The cricketing landscape has changed immensely, both structurally and economically which has created many challenges and I am sure there will be many more to face in the future.
"We are a Club with 145 years of history and a huge number of loyal and passionate supporters, myself included, and a young developing team who have all the attributes to move the Club into a new era. I look forward to combining my knowledge of cricket as well as my commercial experience to help progress the Club both on and off the field."