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Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton to step down

Mark Newton
Newton has steered Worcs through some particularly tough times

Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton will stand down after a decade in charge on 1 October.

He will be succeeded by deputy chief executive David Leatherdale, who is a former Worcestershire player.

Newton said: "The last three years since the summer floods have been extraordinarily challenging but the club has survived.

"Financially it is difficult at present but I believe the planned hotel will put the club in a strong position."

Worcestershire chairman Martyn Price said: "Since becoming the club's first chief executive Mark has been successful in seeing us through a period of great change within cricket itself and at the club.

"We have had in place a succession plan and I am delighted that David has agreed to take over as chief executive.

"He was a very popular cricketer during his playing career and over the last five years has been a highly innovative and successful commercial director."

Leatherdale says the experience he has gained working under Newton has been invaluable and should stand him in good stead for the challenges ahead.

"I have gained a great insight into the internal structures of the club over the last five years and particularly the last two as deputy CEO during what have been particularly difficult times," he said.

"The cricketing landscape has changed immensely, both structurally and economically which has created many challenges and I am sure there will be many more to face in the future.

"I look forward to combining my knowledge of cricket as well as my commercial experience to help progress the club both on and off the field."

Newton says he is confident the club will continue to go from strength to strength.

"I have been lucky enough to work with two excellent chairmen in John Elliott and Martyn Price and I am even more pleased to see that David will take over soon," he said.

"He is a highly talented and motivated person who will be an excellent leader for the club in the years ahead."



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