Puketapu-Lyndon to become NZC's first woman chair after Snedden steps down

Puketapu-Lyndon to become NZC's first woman chair after Snedden steps down

Diana Puketapu-Lyndon will replace Martin Snedden as president of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and become the first woman in the role.

Snedden, a former chief executive of NZC, has served three terms as a director on its board. He still has one year left as principal, but he announced that he would step down early to allow Puketapu-Lyndon a smooth transition into the role.

“I have made the decision to resign from the position of Chairman of the Board, as well as NZC’s representative on the ICC Board,” he said. “Both decisions have been made in the name of ensuring good and robust government succession planning, as well as taking advantage of what is an excellent opportunity to renew leadership.”

Puketapu-Lyndon is also president of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and was chief financial officer for two America’s Cup sailing campaigns, including one as director of the World Masters Games. She was first appointed to the NZC in 2017 and is currently the second longest-serving director.

Snedden also announced that he would be replaced as New Zealand’s representative at the ICC by board member and former international cricketer Roger Twose.

“My final term as director of the NZC will expire at the 2024 Annual General Meeting. This will give me time for a considered transfer and will allow me to continue to provide my support, when and if necessary, to Diana and Roger over the next 12 months.” he said.

“I have no doubt that this will continue under the leadership of Diana and Roger.”

It was also announced at the AGM that NZC ended the year in a “buoyant financial position”, with a surplus of $10.7 million.

Meanwhile, at the AGM, Maia Lewis, Amy Satterthwaite and Ross Taylor were elected life members of the NZC. Kirsty Bond, Katrina Kennan, Mark Greatbatch, Chris Harris and Mike Hesson were named honorary members.