Lee Germon to be new Canterbury chief executive

Last updated 00:00 01/01/2009

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Lee Germon is poised to come full circle from having played for Canterbury to becoming its latest cricket chief executive.

The Press understands that Germon, 39, a former Canterbury and New Zealand captain, is about to fill the role vacated in September by Richard Reid who is now chief executive of Otago rugby.

Canterbury Cricket board chairman Cran Bull said an official announcement was expected on Monday.

Most recently Germon has been chief executive of the Tasman Makos rugby union overseeing the combined Nelson and Marlborough entry into the national provincial championship during the past two years.

Germon has held a variety of jobs in the past decade since retiring from cricket where he was a successful provincial captain and led the Black Caps for a season and a half in the mid-1990s.

In 1998 Germon became the South Island development manager for the Bank of New Zealand before moving on to work at St Andrew's College as its development officer in 2000.

That was a controversial time with the then rector Nigel Fairbairn polarising opinions and staff before his departure.

In 2004 Germon shifted to Mainland Soccer for what was only a 10-month stint with that body which later recorded a six-figure loss for the financial year ending 2005.

He then headed to Tasman being based in Nelson. It was recently reported that the Tasman Rugby Union, among several other unions, is struggling financially but intends to continue in the NPC.

The interview panel comprised Bull, Canterbury president Brian Adams, New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan, a former teammate of Germon's, and a representative from an employment agency.


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