Sydney Thunder General Manager and former New Zealand captain Lee Germon has been appointed Chief Executive of Cricket NSW.

Mr Germon will replace current CEO Andrew Jones who recently announced that he would be leaving Cricket NSW.

Mr Germon captained New Zealand in all of his 12 Tests and all but one of his 37 one-day internationals during the mid 1990s.

After finishing his playing career, Mr Germon spent three years as CEO of the Tasman Rugby Union and in 2008 became CEO of Canterbury Cricket, where he debuted at 19 and was captain from the age of 22.

During a 103-match first class career he led Canterbury to three Plunket Shield four-day titles and six one-day titles, with Cantebury winning another five Plunket Shield and Five women’s titles during his time as CEO.

Mr Germon was integral to the development of Hagley Oval as an international cricket ground which hosted the opening match of the 2015 World Cup.

Following a decade in charge of Canterbury Cricket he was appointed General Manager of Sydney Thunder almost two years ago.

Cricket NSW Chairman John Knox was impressed with the calibre of candidates for the Cricket NSW CEO’s role.

“We conducted an extensive search which resulted in many strong candidates,” Mr Knox said.

“Lee stood out because of his extensive leadership experience at two elite cricket organisations, his experience in stakeholder management and building a culture of success on and off the field.

“Cricket continues to change with the explosion of the Big Bash and a heavy investment in grass roots which will encourage more boys and girls to play the game.

“At the same time Cricket NSW has a fundamental responsibility to continue producing some of the best players in the country.

“Lee has made a strong impression during his time leading the Sydney Thunder and the Cricket NSW Board believes he has the credentials to take the game forward in NSW.”

Mr Germon said it is a privilege to become the CEO of CNSW.

“Although I have only been with Cricket NSW for one and a half years I am acutely aware of its proud history and the leading part it will play in driving the future of cricket in Australia,” Mr Germon said.

“Andrew Jones and the board have Cricket NSW in a very strong position and I now look forward to leading it through the next exciting phase of success.”