Roberts to replace Sutherland as Cricket Australia chief executive

Cricket Australia has today (Wednesday) announced Kevin Roberts as its new chief executive.

Roberts replaces James Sutherland, who in June announced his intention to step down from the role in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that engulfed Australian cricket. Roberts’ appointment is effective from Cricket Australia’s Annual General Meeting on October 25, when Sutherland will step down after 17 years in the role.

Roberts joined the Cricket Australia board in 2012, and in 2015 relinquished his position to assume an executive role at the organisation, with responsibilities for strategy, people and culture, technology, female engagement and member services, as well as the One Team transformation program.

Roberts was promoted to the new role of chief operating officer in May this year. He has previously worked as chief executive of 2XU, an Australia-based sports apparel company, and held roles at adidas, Colorado Group/Fusion Retail Brands, Canterbury International, Netball Australia and the Australian Sporting Goods Association.

On Roberts’ appointment, Sutherland said: “I am confident Kevin is ready to lead Australian cricket through the sport’s next stage of growth. He has been a key member of our executive team over recent years and provided terrific support to me in my role. I congratulate him on his appointment and wish him the very best.”