Peever to take over as Cricket Australia chairman

"Our strong focus is going to be really unifying Australian cricket and continuing down that path"

“Our strong focus is going to be really unifying Australian cricket and continuing down that path”

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Cricket Australia have announced that David Peever will replace Wally Edwards as chairman of the board from October 2015 onwards.

Peever was the managing director of mining giant Rio Tinto’s Australian operations from 2009.

He was recently appointed as deputy chairman during a Cricket Australia board meeting.

“As deputy chairman my priority is going to be to continue to do what we’ve done the last 18 months since I’ve been on the board, and that is to support Wally, James [Sutherland, chief executive] and his team with the board to progress in the way we have, especially on the governance front,” Peever said. “In particular our strong focus is going to be really unifying Australian cricket and continuing down that path. We do have a way to go, but Australian cricket can be in a pre-eminent position over a long period of time if we can get this unification going the way it can.”

Edwards added: “The board this morning has appointed David Peever as our deputy chairman. David will be the next chairman. I’ll remain chairman until October 2015, we make our appointment now so the deputy chairman can get involved with me initially in the international area, we have the ICC conference coming up in June in Melbourne, and that’s the first chance for David to start meeting and mingling with a lot of the international people in the world of cricket.

“David joined the board in October 2012 when we did our governance changes. He was the managing director of Rio Tinto in Australia. He’s been a terrific contributor for the nearly two years he’s been on the board, he’s brought a lot of business acumen to the board, and I’m sure he’ll continue to do that and develop it further. He’s got a deep passion for cricket, and I’ll be working closely with him over the next 18 months to ensure a smooth transition.”

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