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The National Basketball League (NBL) has today announced new appointments to the NBL Board and Senior Executive team. “When acquiring the NBL we gave our commitment to establish a strong Board of Directors and senior executive team to lead the league into a new era,” said NBL Executive Director Larry Kestelman. “Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Elphinston OAM to the Board of the NBL along with Laura Anderson, a globally respected international strategist and Colin Smith, a renowned media specialist.” Mr Elphinston is one of Australia’s leading sports professionals and has been at the forefront of promoting Australia on the global sporting stage including his key role in winning the Sydney Olympic bid. He was awarded an Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Bob has had a lifetime basketball career serving both as a founding director of the original NBL in 1979 and attaining the prestigious position of President of FIBA (the World Basketball Association). Laura Anderson is an international company director and advisor to government and industry. She has held major roles locally and globally across business, major events and sport. She is on the Board of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation – which stages the world renowned Formula One Grand Prix. Ms Anderson is also Chairman of the Melbourne Fashion Festival – one of the largest consumer fashion festivals in the world. Laura is a senior advisor to government and industry on international engagement and trade. Sporting media rights specialist Colin Smith is former President and Director of Rowing Australia, former Director of Southern Cross Broadcasting and past Executive Chairman of Triple M Broadcasters. His personal sporting success in rowing and professional success in industry and media have enabled Colin to facilitate key messages around Australia to a global audience. “Each of these appointees brings a focus to the task of securing media broadcasting rights, returning the NBL to the number one position of family sports entertainment in Australia and expanding the league’s presence internationally. I am excited to welcome them to our team as we roll out our agenda,” Mr Kestelman said. The Board will be working closely with leading media rights consultant Shane Mattiske who has been engaged to further advance broadcast conversations. Shane was responsible for the recent National Rugby League deal. “We are wasting no time in engaging with all the TV networks to develop what the product will look like for next season and are determined to bring basketball back to its rightful spot as the best TV sports entertainment product in Australia,” Mr Kestelman said. The league has also announced the appointment of Jeremy Loeliger as General Manager of the NBL. Specialising in sports, Jeremy was a Melbourne-based partner at leading commercial law firm Holding Redlich. “A key mandate for Jeremy will be to drive both local and international engagement. We are particularly excited by the opportunities for international engagement with a focus in Asia. “Basketball is an Australian sporting code that will continue to build and leverage its brand awareness campaign in this market. Along with soccer, basketball is regarded as one of the highest participation sports in Asia. One of our key enablers of success will be our engagement with the global community. “Working with the Board, who have demonstrated incredible success in developing and promoting Australian sports, business and culture along with their deep local and international business links both in and outside of the basketball community, we are confident of taking the NBL to new heights both locally and globally,” Mr Kestelman said. The new Board members begin their appointments on 1 July 2015 and join the current members Adrian Garrone and Chair of the Board Graeme Wade (current President and Chair of CPA Australia).
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