Cape Town - After a lengthy application,
interview and selection process, Cricket Boland (CB) Board of Directors have appointed
James Fortuin as their new CEO.
He will assume the role as of Wednesday,
The appointment follows the retirement of
former CEO and South African cricketing legend, Omar Henry on April 30.
Fortuin brings with him a wealth of
managerial and leadership experience, having served as municipal manager in two
municipalities in the Western Cape.
He also boasts a passion for the game of
cricket and a well-developed understanding of its history and the contemporary
transformation imperatives - in line with the mandate of both the Cricket
Boland and Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Fortuin worked in local government in the
Western Cape for more than five years. Before his appointment as Cricket Boland
CEO, he was employed at one of the world’s largest consulting firms.
He holds an honours degree in Development
Studies, specialising in economics, from the University of the Western Cape, as
well as a BA degree in Economics from the same institution.
“I am excited about the new challenges
which come with the position of Cricket Boland CEO. I am cognisant that I am
following in the footsteps of a Boland and South African cricket icon in Omar
Henry. I look forward to engaging with all Cricket Boland and CSA stakeholders
during my tenure,” Fortuin said.
Cricket Boland president Angelo Carollissen
welcomed Fortuin’s appointment, describing it as a “new era” for the union.
“With a strong corporate governance
background, as well background in cricket administration, Fortuin will be an
asset to cricket and the development of the game in the region,” he said.
“His background in economics and finance,
together with his passion for cricket will play a pivotal role in cementing
Cricket Boland as one of the top cricketing unions in the country.”
Carollissen further lauded Fortuin’s
knowledge in the importance of transformation within cricket.
“Transformation, on and off the field,
remains at the pinnacle of the Cricket Boland’s goals. Fortuin echoes the
sentiment of both the Cricket Boland and CSA in this regard,” Carollissen
“As one of the largest unions in the
country, Boland has its fair sets of challenges, but I am certain Fortuin will
tackle these with vigour and dogged determination. On behalf of the Cricket
Boland, I welcome Fortuin to our beautiful region and wish him well on his
journey with us.”