Northamptonshire have announced the appointment of former Warwickshire opening batsman David Smith as their new chief executive.
Smith, 55, has been out of cricket for 18 months since he resigned as Leicestershire’s chief executive in June 2010.
He has been working as a freelance consultant in the leisure industry since then but has made no secret of his ambitions to return to county cricket.
Smith had been shortlisted for chief executive vacancies with Cricket Canada and Wellington in New Zealand but has now withdrawn from the running for those jobs and opted to stay in England.
Moreover, Smith’s decision to join Northamptonshire means that there will be no need to uproot his family from their base near Market Harborough. He will replace Mark Tagg who stepped down in October after seven years in charge of Northamptonshire.
“I’m delighted to have been appointed to the chief executive’s role at Northamptonshire,” Smith said. “The club has made real progress both on and off the field over the past few years. The ground development has improved the facilities on offer to all visitors to the County Ground.
“The team have narrowly missed out on promotion to Division One in the LV= County Championship twice in the last three years, as well as appearing in a t20 Finals Day. This indicates a good quality playing staff, and I am looking forward to working with the coach David Capel and the board of directors to bring future success to the club.”
Northamptonshire chairman Martin Lawrence said, “We are delighted to have David on board, and we are certain that he is the right person to help this club progress towards our ambitions. His appointment ensures Northants Cricket have a bright future ahead and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome him to the club.”
Smith, whose father played for Leicestershire, played for Warwickshire from 1973 to 1985 and then served for nine years on the committee at Edgbaston. He made more than 8,500 first-class runs, including nine centuries, in 197 matches and more than 2,700 runs in one-day cricket.
Before joining Leicestershire in 2008, Smith worked in the leisure industry as marketing director of a company which owned nightclubs, Blackpool Tower and London theatres.