Former Hamilton mayor Michael Redman has been appointed to replace Andy Dalton as Blues chief executive.
The Blues were forced to rethink their CEO position after Fairfax Media revealed Breakers boss Richard Clarke knocked back the job to remain with the three-time ANBL champion basketball franchise.
Redman has a chequered history. As mayor and later CEO of the Hamilton City Council he was made a scapegoat for the $32 million blowout of the failed V8 Supercars street race. He was not helped by V8 promoters who went broke during the recession, owing local businesses and the city millions of dollars.
After the 56-page audit findings in 2011 were heavily critical of his role in the V8s saga, Redman was then forced to abruptly resign as head of Auckland council's Tourism, Events and Economic Development agency - ATEED.
Despite those concerns, it is understood the 47-year-old was considered a standout candidate who also has a background in sports. He was a founder and director of the Breakers, but sold his interest in the club after being elected mayor of Hamilton. He also served seven years on the board of the Northern Districts Cricket Association, eventually becoming deputy chairman.
"The Blues are such an important part of this region's identity and having moved into a new era with the private equity partnership, this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the Blues future direction," Redman said.
Blues chairman Tony Carter said Redman's business leadership experience is one of the strengths he brings to the position.
"Michael's leadership experience along with his marketing strength and ability to work constructively with a number of different stakeholders made him an ideal choice as CEO," Carter said.
"He is an accomplished leader in both the private and public sectors and this will be highly valuable for the Blues in the development of our organisation."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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