Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have appointed Ralph Waters as Deputy Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2015 World Cup, which Australia and New Zealand will co-host.
New Zealander Waters will act as deputy to Australian James Strong, who was last week named as the Chairman of the LOC.
Waters' extensive business experience includes chairmanship of Fletcher Building Limited and directorship of Woolworths Limited, Fonterra Co-Operative Limited and Westpac New Zealand Building Limited.
"We are delighted to have Ralph as the Deputy Chairman on the ICC CWC 2015 Board," CA CA chairman Jack Clarke said.
"To have attracted a highly credentialed candidate like Ralph gives cricket great confidence that we will deliver one of the great sports events this region has seen. Ralph’s extensive business experience will be a significant asset to us as we welcome the world to Australia and New Zealand in 2015."
NZC Board Chairman, Chris Moller, added: "Ralph Waters has an excellent working knowledge of New Zealand, business and our sporting capability. His combination of executive and non-executive leadership roles within some of Australasia’s leading companies will make him an excellent Deputy Chairman on the Board charged with preparing and delivering a world class event in 2015.
"The Board of New Zealand Cricket is delighted that he has accepted this challenging role."
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Waters said: "As a cricket tragic, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in the organisation of the next World Cup. I played years of low level cricket around Australia and for four years in London too. I have travelled the world to watch the Australian team play. Being involved with cricket - and for the two countries where I now share my time - will be a privilege."
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