WPCA name Michael Canterbury new CEO

File image: Michael Canterbury.

The Western Province Cricket Association have named Michael Canterbury new chief executive officer.

Canterbury has succeeded former WPCA CEO Nabeal Dien, whose tenure ended in March 2020.

WPCA finance manager Tennyson Botes was interim CEO prior to Canterbury’s formal appointment this week.

“Michael, a deeply-rooted Capetonian, is a seasoned professional with a diverse skillset – a combination of engineering and finance,” read a statement from WPCA. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, achieving First Class Honours in his BCom.

“Michael’s career includes senior roles in the FMCG, construction and engineering and financial services industries in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with his most recent positions including asset management as well as executive positions in strategy and stakeholder relations.”

Michael Canterbury’s previous three roles

According to Linkedin:

  • Company: Aveng
  • Role: Group executive – strategy and investor relations
  • Period: August 2016 to June 2020
  • Company: Sanlam
  • Role: Equity analyst and portfolio manager
  • Period: March 2004 to June 2016
  • Company: Innofin
  • Role: Associate director – product development
  • Period: February 2001 to February 2004

What Canterbury said

“I would like to thank the board of the Western Province Cricket Association for this incredible opportunity. I am excited to join an organisation with a rich history that is an integral component of the culture of our beautiful city and province,” said Canterbury.

“As we navigate the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there will be many challenges, but in adversity, there rests great opportunity.

“I am confident that with the WPCA team, we will be able to continue to make significant progress in our vision to be a truly winning and transformative organisation.

“WPCA is fortunate to have its home at Six Gun Grill Newlands – a world-renowned and world-class cricket venue. The new development will no doubt further contribute to the venue’s appeal and reputation and drive fan support and enthusiasm.

“Sport, in general, and cricket in particular, has an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the important task of nation-building. Our stakeholders and partners will be critical to achieving these objectives, and I look forward to working with them all.”

What WPCA president Ashraf Burns said

“Firstly, I want to thank Tennyson, who stepped into the interim CEO role during a very challenging time in our sport and in particular at the WPCA with many moving parts over the past 12 months on and off the field,” said Burns.

“With Michael’s commercial acumen, coupled with a passionate belief in creating a transformative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and with the support from the respective boards and WPCA staff, we know that he will drive the organisaton forward to achieve the best for the business and its people.”

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