New Chief Executive at International Netball Federation
The International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA), based in Manchester, England, today announced that Urvasi Naidoo is to join the organisation as its Chief Executive.
Urvasi is currently working as Senior Counsel and Company Secretary at the International Cricket Council (ICC) where she was selected as their first in-house lawyer six years ago. She leaves as a member of the senior management team which participates in the daily leadership of the organisation.
A post graduate in Sports law with comprehensive knowledge of the legal, operational, commercial and managerial issues surrounding sports entities and events, particularly from the perspective of the governing body and the event owner, Urvasi will lead IFNA through a hugely exciting time in the development of Netball, following the enormous success of the 2007 World Netball Championships in New Zealand, the build up to the 2009 World Youth Championships, the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi as well as the next World Championships in Singapore in 2011.
Molly Rhone, President of IFNA said:
"We are very delighted to welcome Urvasi on board as we look forward to the next stage in both the Federation’s and the sport's development. Urvasi has an impressive track record, having previously worked as a Brand Protection Lawyer for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics."
"As the market place becomes increasingly competitive, effective communication with our stakeholders, the media and those interested in the sport are vital if we are to succeed in our mission to grow Netball in new territories and make it even more attractive in established ones."
"The skills and knowledge Urvasi brings with her and in particular her experience with a much more mature International Federation will help strengthen IFNA's relationships with our Regional Federations and Member Associations and will help to support the development of talented players, coaches, umpires and administrators. We view this as vital to the success of our international events, making them even more competitive, entertaining and commercial. "
Urvasi will manage IFNA's relationships with key partners including UK Sport, The Commonwealth Games Federation, Standard Chartered Bank, Gilbert, Haymarket, and the World Academy of Sport. She will be working with international sports bodies such as the General Assembly of International Sports Federations, the World Anti Doping Agency and the IOC, to take forward IFNA's Olympic ambitions.
Urvasi Naidoo said:
"I am thrilled to be joining IFNA as Chief Executive. Netball is a vibrant and exciting global game and it is perfectly poised for expansion. I am joining at a time when the popularity of the game is going from strength to strength, new markets are opening up in all five regions and established markets such as UK, Australia and New Zealand are experiencing an exhilarating reinvention. I will seek to use all my expertise and strengths to help propel both the Federation and the game through the exciting and challenging times that lay ahead."
"I am looking forward to working with the Board, the Members and the IFNA team in Manchester."