Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed the appointment of Nick Hockley as their Chief Executive Officer following a lengthy period in interim charge.
Hockley took over almost 12 months ago following Kevin Roberts’ brief stint as CEO, helping CA navigate through the initial COVID-impacted period which included a significant revenue challenge with TV broadcast and the 2020 T20 World Cup which was rescheduled.
Roberts’ demise came following a major fallout with players along with the public mishandling around messaging related to the financial impact of COVID, which he stated would cost the game AU$40m despite initially occurring outside season.
In CA’s official release, they said Hockley had “served with distinction” during this period, having come into the organisation after being the CEO of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee, Head of Commercial Projects at CA and as General Manager, Commercial and Marketing, at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
CA chair Earl Eddings said: “Nick’s contribution to Australian Cricket has been immense and, on behalf of the board, I am most pleased to confirm his appointment as CEO, which was unanimously endorsed by the board.
“From delivering the historic T20 Women’s World Cup to ensuring a safe and successful 2020-21 season, Nick has already proven himself to be in the very top echelon of sports administrators both in Australia and around the world.
“Nick was named Interim CEO at an incredibly challenging period for Australian sport, and society in general, and there were many instances where the once-in-a-generation obstacles in his path must have seemed overwhelming. But through his leadership, resolve, worth ethic and vision for the game, Australian Cricket emerged stronger than ever. For that, Nick deserves enormous credit.
“In addition to his excellent record of strategy and delivery, Nick has been pivotal in galvanising Australian Cricket and strengthening relationships with our partners. I have no doubt those bonds will deepen further under his stewardship, which will serve to grow the game at all levels.”
Hockley said leading CA was the greatest privilege in his life and spoke with excitement about the game’s future in Australia.
“Over the past 12 months, I have learnt first-hand about the breadth, scale and importance of the role,” he said.
“My approach has been and will continue to be to bring people across the game together, as I believe this is fundamental to achieving our full potential.”