Stuart Cain has been named as the new chief executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, replacing Neil Snowball in the role.
Cain will join Warwickshire from Wasps Holdings Ltd, where he served as chief executive and oversaw the running of Wasps’ Premiership rugby union and Superleague netball teams at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
Cain spent three years at Wasps, having previously worked for more than seven years as managing director of commercial marketing at the Birmingham-based NEC Group. He has also worked in football with English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and Scottish Premiership team Rangers, and led the sports practice of media agency WPP.
Warwickshire chairman Mark McCafferty said: “His experience and achievements in sport, events and venue development will complement very well the existing leadership strengths at the club and help ensure the delivery of our new five-year plan.
“These are difficult times for everyone to navigate but we appreciate more than ever the huge role that the club plays in the community and the enjoyment that we can bring to so many when we return.
“It’s very clear that we shall now need to adapt and enhance our engagement with members, fans, commercial partners and cricket communities locally and overseas. Stuart’s experience will be central to that growth and we look forward to welcoming him to the Bears.”
Cain is expected to join the club in August following the departure of Snowball, who is leaving to become managing director of county cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Cain said: “In Edgbaston, we have one of the world’s great sporting venues, which consistently stages the biggest fixtures in the game and offers outstanding facilities that can be utilised all year round. Part of my role will be to develop this multi-use philosophy further.
“With the second phase of the masterplan due to get underway soon and a third phase due to be launched in the near future, I’m looking forward to working with the team at Edgbaston and with our major local and national stakeholders to support the development of cricket in Birmingham, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands.”
No professional cricket will be played in England until at least July 1 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.