WICB announces Muirhead as new CEO
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Management consultant Michael Muirhead has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board, (WICB) the regional governing body for the sport announced yesterday.
The WICB Board of Directors approved Mr. Muirhead's appointment at a meeting in Barbados at the weekend.
The new WICB CEO holds an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University in the United States of America and a degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus.
A Jamaican, Mr. Muirhead served as Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) of his native country from 2004 to 2006.
Since that time he has been engaged as a Management Consultant involved with several high level projects in his native country.
His tenure at TPDCo was characterised by him having led the raising of the profile of the company and changing the perceived image among industry stakeholders, the WICB release said.
"The Board is confident that the appointment of Mr. Muirhead will ensure that West Indies cricket remains resolutely on the path to structured development and progress and that he is most capable of continuing the process of overseeing the implementation of the WICB Strategic Plan 2011-2016," Dr. Julian Hunte, President of the WICB, said.
"Michael brings a wealth of experience in a range of sectors in Jamaica, is an accomplished, astute and measured executive on whom the Board will rely to execute its programmes and policies and further build capacity at the WICB Secretariat."
Media reports in Jamaica have said that the decision to appoint Muirhead to the position also came about after the WICB failed to reach an agreement with frontrunner Ravi Rambarran, of Trinidad and Tobago.
The salary package for Rambarran, the Chief Executive Officer and President of Sagicor International, appears to have been the main stumbling block in negotiations.
"Now that we are exiting the 'season of fundamental change' in West Indies cricket," said Hunte, "and approaching the road to sustained stability and steady progress, the Board believes that Michael is the ideal candidate to lead its administrative arm."
Muirhead will take over for a three-year period, with the option of extending at the end of his contract.