Top sports administrator Therese Walsh has been appointed as the head of New Zealand operations for the next Cricket World Cup.
The tournament will be jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia in 2015 and Walsh - the chief financial officer for last year's Rugby World Cup - will lead the organisation on this side of the Tasman.
Walsh, who will be based in Wellington, was also the CFO and general manager corporate services for the New Zealand Rugby Union before her RWC role.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 CEO John Harnden said he was delighted to have her on board.
"Therese will play a leading role across the whole tournament but pay special attention to delivery in New Zealand," Harnden said.
"Our aim is to put on a fan-friendly event which reaches as many communities as possible across both countries.
"Therese brings great experience in sport and major events to the role and has invaluable insights from what has been recognised as the best Rugby World Cup ever."
Walsh, a director of New Zealand Cricket since 2011, said creating a long-lasting legacy for the country beyond the 2015 tournament was a top priority.
"This was a perfect chance to be a part of another global sporting event that is going to have a direct and positive impact not only on cricket in New Zealand but on communities, businesses and individuals," Walsh said.
"While my title is head of New Zealand, my focus will be on creating a memorable event across both countries that will leave a legacy for years to come."
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