Sydney, Oct 1(ANI): Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards has said Jacquie Hey was made first ever female director in the organization because of her expertise, and certainly not due to her gender.
Hey's impressive corporate experience got her the job, and CA is acutely aware it needs to connect with the women who apply a powerful influence over the sporting decisions of their children.
Hey's position on the board of SBS also endeared her to a panel aware of cricket's need to improve its standing in immigrant communities.
One of two women on the shortlist of seven, for three spots, Hey boasts of having a detailed knowledge of the fast-moving digital landscape, which looms as a growing priority for CA.
"She would have got there anyway," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Edwards, as saying.
"She is certainly a lover of the game, and she has a young son who's very keen on it," he added.
Hey will be one of three independent directors, assuming the candidates are approved at this month's annual general meeting, and Edwards said he always wanted one to be a woman. (ANI)