Cricket South Africa named its Chief Commercial Officer Kugandrie Govender as acting chief executive officer replacing Jacques Faul who resigned from the position.
Faul, whose term was due to end in mid-September, left his role on Monday along with Chris Nenzani, who was CSA president. Faul had, according to CSA, put in place a “seamless” transition plan for his successor.
Acting President of CSA Beresford Williams welcomed Govender’s appointment saying she was the “right person” to steer the organization during this period.
“Her experience has more than prepared her to fulfill this role with excellence, we are confident that she will propel the many strategic initiatives that CSA undertakes, to inspire and unify our stakeholders, partners, and employees, to continue the work of building the reputation of Cricket and more importantly Cricket South Africa, so as to contribute to its sporting competitiveness,” Williams said.
Govender said she was humbled to be appointed to the role and pledged to work hard to improve CSA’s reputation both locally and internationally, as well as the levels of pride amongst its stakeholders.
“This is a critical time for our organisation and crucial for key stakeholders to work together to improve the rating of cricket among those who love, support, and follow the sport and those who have trust in the sport’s ability to unify all South Africans,” Govender said.
CSA has endured a turbulent year marked by a series of difficulties both on and off the pitch.
That period witnessed a dismal performance by South Africa at the Cricket World Cup and a tour of India. Additionally, a number of board members resigned, sponsors left CSA and Thabang Moroe was suspended as CEO due to allegations of misconduct. CSA was also embroiled in an accreditation scandal in which five journalists seen as critical of the organization were banned.