New Zealand businessman Ralph Waters has taken over as chairman of the local organising committee for the 2015 Cricket World Cup after the death of inaugural chairman James Strong last week.
Waters, who is chairman of Fletcher Building Limited and Woolworths Limited, and director of Fonterra Co-Operative Limited and Asciano Limited, was previously deputy chairman under Strong.
"Like myself, James had lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand and was determined to put on a truly world class tournament in 2015,'' Waters said. "I share his vision and will work closely with the ICC, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket to deliver a successful tournament for cricket fans around the world.''
Wally Edwards (Cricket Australia chairman), Chris Moller (New Zealand Cricket chairman), James Sutherland (Cricket Australia chief executive) and David White (New Zealand Cricket chief executive) will continue to sit on the local organising committee board with the International Cricket Council sending representatives to each meeting as observers.