County news December 20, 2012

Sussex announce Brooks successor

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sussex have announced that Zac Toumazi, the former Hampshire commercial director, will succeed Dave Brooks as chief executive in January.

Toumazi has extensive experience in the financial sector, working for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, before switching to cricket firstly with Surrey for six years and then with Hampshire from 2011.

He will attempt to continue to move Sussex forward and build on the work of Brooks whose four years at Sussex saw the club win a one-day double In 2009 and Division Two of the County Championship in 2010.

Since announcing he was leaving Sussex at the end of the year, Brooks has been appointed to the Guernsey Cricket Board.

His successor at Sussex, Toumazi, will take over a financially healthy club, largely thanks to inheritance from former club president Spen Cama, and a recently development ground.

"We are very pleased to appoint Zac," Jim May, Sussex chairman, said. "We believe his commercial experience, cultural fit and passion for cricket give him the credentials to ensure that Sussex continues to lead the way both on and off the pitch.

"Dave Brooks leaves us in great shape this month after four outstanding years. We had a very strong group of candidates who applied to succeed him.

Toumazi said, "I am very excited. I look forward to working with the entire team taking Sussex forward whilst preserving the values that make it so special."