First Lady CEO of a Cricket Board

Kugandrie Govender on Thursday became the first woman to lead Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) operational arm. She was appointed acting chief executive in the wake of the resignation on Monday of Jacques Faul.

Faul left citing his unwillingness to act as figurehead when others with narratives to drive being at the wheel.

Govender has been CSA’s chief commercial officer (COO) since May last year. She holds degrees in marketing and came to cricket with 23 years of experience as a marketing and media executive with high profile companies.

But her choice is also under scanner with suspicions that Govender is part of the same problem causing sponsors to leave & disassociation with players. She is believed to have overseen lapses of governance and ethics which are blamed on Moroe and CSA’s board, she was the COO while all that was happening. But she is also credited for CSA being able to put itself back together since December.


Newly appointed Cricket SA Acting CEO, Kugandrie Govender, chats to Marc Lewis about the state of Cricket SA and the future.