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CEO quits netball for cycling

Marne Fechner has quit as Netball Australia CEO to take up a similar role with cycling’s new national body.Fechner will leave her NA post at the end of the year to become inaugural CEO of AusCycling, the new national organisation representing all cycling disciplines.“Australian cycling has a proud tradition, but has also taken brave and…

Marne Fechner has quit as Netball Australia CEO to take up a similar role with cycling’s new national body.

Fechner will leave her NA post at the end of the year to become inaugural CEO of AusCycling, the new national organisation representing all cycling disciplines.

“Australian cycling has a proud tradition, but has also taken brave and future-facing steps to streamline its governance,” Fechner said.

“I’m honoured to lead a team that will drive evolutionary change for this sport.”

AusCycling chairman Duncan Murray said Fechner – who was NA boss for three and a half years – was an “ideal leader” for Australia’s biggest participation sport.

“During her tenure at Netball Australia, Marne more than doubled revenue, grew the professional league, and led substantial organisational redesign and cultural change,” Murray said.

“In Marne, we have found a world-class operator to unlock cycling’s potential. She will be fabulous, and we are very excited.”

Fechner was proud of her NA achievements, which included the recent commitment to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes at netball’s elite levels.

“Our work in partnership with netball’s member organisations, Suncorp Super Netball clubs, our amazing athletes and passionate broadcasters and sponsors is at the core of what we do,” she said.

“Netball’s heartbeat lives in the thousands of volunteers and participants in communities around the country and I’ve been privileged to meet and work alongside so many wonderful people through a shared passion for the sport.”

Fechner’s interim replacement at NA will be Ron Steiner, who has previously had leadership roles in cricket and rugby union.

Steiner does not want the CEO role long-term, with NA to next year start searching for a permanent replacement for Fechner.

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