Central Districts has welcomed one of its own into office with the appointment of Neil Hood as chief executive.
A long-serving administrator in lower North Island cricket, Hood was Manawatu's general manager for a decade, having helped revive the fortunes of the Horowhenua-Kapiti Cricket Association, which he represented as a player.
He starts on Monday, taking over the role vacated by Hugh Henderson, who bought into a marketing consultancy business after four years in the job in Napier.
Hood arrives at a tough time for the Stags who had one of their worst seasons in recent memory, finishing last in both limited overs competitions and fifth in the Plunket Shield in their first year under South African coach Heinrich Malan.
Hood is a qualified business consultant and played a central role in recent initiatives in Manawatu cricket, including a world-class indoor grass facility in Palmerston North, and custom-designed sightscreens for Fitzherbert Park.
He said he was looking forward to the challenges that went hand-in-hand with such a far-flung major association.
"I believe the key to success for Central Districts has always resided, and will always reside, in the districts,'' Hood said in a statement.
"It's going to take a lot of hard work but my priority is to unify the pride and passion of the CD cricket community and achieve results we all can be proud of."
Blair Robinson, chairman of the Central Districts' board, said Hood was well-known in the Central Districts cricket community, having grown up in the region and created a proven track record at district level.
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