World Cup 2015 May 29, 2012

New Zealand World Cup chief appointed

ESPNcricinfo staff

Therese Walsh, who was chief operating officer for last year's Rugby World Cup, has been appointed to lead the New Zealand operations for the 2015 World Cup. Walsh, who has been a director of New Zealand Cricket since 2011, will be head of New Zealand for the tournament to be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand.

"Therese will play a leading role across the whole tournament but pay special attention to delivery in New Zealand," John Harnden, the World Cup CEO, said. "Our aim is to put on a fan-friendly event which reaches as many communities as possible across both countries. Therese brings great experience in sport and major events to the role and has invaluable insights from what has been recognised as the best Rugby World Cup ever."

Walsh served as the chief financial officer and general manager corporate services for the New Zealand Rugby Union before she took on the Rugby World Cup role. Walsh said she was looking forward to working across both Australia and New Zealand in the lead-up to the tournament, which will be held in February-March 2015.

"This was a perfect chance to be a part of another global sporting event that is going to have a direct and positive impact not only on cricket in New Zealand but on communities, businesses and individuals," Walsh said. "While my title is Head of New Zealand, my focus will be on creating a memorable event across both countries that will leave a legacy for years to come."