Warwickshire are seeking a new commercial director following the appointment of James McLaughlin as the new chief executive of the Birmingham-based cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.
McLaughlin, already a trustee of Cure Leukaemia, will leave Edgbaston before the start of the new season after six years with Warwickshire.
He moved into cricket from football after stints as commercial director of Watford and head of sales at Southampton.
McLaughlin had been linked with previous county chief executive roles at Somerset at Northamptonshire but has opted for a change of direction after 13 years in sport.
During his time at Edgbaston McLaughlin played a key role in the senior management team that oversaw the £32 million pavilion redevelopment and securing Jaguar as a leading club partner.
At Edgbaston’s first Test match since the redevelopment, McLaughlin led an ECB award-winning marketing campaign, which helped attract 93,000 spectators over the four days of the England v India third Test.
“James has made a major contribution to the development of our commercial activities over recent seasons,” said Warwickshire chief executive Colin Povey.
“While I am disappointed to be losing him from my team I am delighted he is moving to this new position with Cure Leukemia at what is an exciting time for the charity. I am sure we will continue to see plenty of him as we further develop our partnership with Cure Leukaemia over the coming years.
“James made a significant contribution to the club and will be remembered for delivering record crowds for the India Test match last summer and before that the Ashes Test match in 2009. In addition he has been instrumental in creating a raft of commercial partnerships and lasting sponsorship deals for the club.”
Meanwhile, Warwickshire are to part company with Phil Macdonald, a long-serving member of their back room team and the man who was largely responsible for the new £32 million pavilion at Edgbaston.
In his role as Project Director, Macdonald was responsible for the pavilion project from inception to completion last July and for helping submit the bids that secured funding for the project.
Having completed the development, Warwickshire have now decided that there is no future similar role for Macdonald , who also oversaw the building of the Eric Hollies Stand and Edgbaston Cricket Centre.
“With the completion of the stadium elements of the Master Plan, my role has come to a natural conclusion and I wish to find another substantial capital project for my next challenge rather than return to an operational role,” Macdonald said.
“I am exceptionally proud of the role I have played in re-establishing Edgbaston as one of the great stadiums in world cricket and hopefully my work will be around for many years to come so that future generations of fans can enjoy the wonderful atmosphere created by Major Matches in the city.”