Daniel Gidney is the new chief executive of Lancashire Cricket Club, having filled the equivalent role at Coventry City FC.
Gidney, who replaces the long-serving Jim Cumbes, has been chief executive at the League One club since 2006, attracting such high-profile events as the Olympic Games (football) and the Rugby World Cup to the Ricoh Arena.
He oversaw the transformation of the Ricoh into the UK’s first ‘cashless’ stadium four years ago.
Despite relegation from the first division of the County Championship just 12 months after winning the title, Lancashire are looking forward to an exciting 2013 which includes an Ashes Test next August.
LCCC Chairman Michael Cairns OBE said: “We are delighted to appoint Daniel, whose experience and track record in overseeing a highly-regarded sporting venue will serve our business well as we embark on a new and exciting era.
“With the next stage of our development due to be completed next year and the much-anticipated return of the Ashes, Daniel is joining Lancashire CCC at a key moment in our history.”
As a former professional footballer (a goalkeeper) as well as a top cricketer, Cumbes may well applaud the choice of his successor.
Cumbes, 68, first joined Lancashire as a player in 1962, returning as sales and marketing manager in 1987 before becoming chief executive in 1998.
Cairns added: “Everybody connected with Lancashire County Cricket Club owes a tremendous amount of gratitude to Jim for his unfaltering service to cricket and the business of cricket over the years and we all wish him well in his retirement.”