Warwickshire County Cricket Club have announced the appointment of Neil Snowball as Chief Executive. He will commence the role in January 2016, replacing current Chief Executive Colin Povey who is retiring from the position next month. Neil is currently Chief Operating Officer of England Rugby 2015 Ltd, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015. He was responsible for all aspects of tournament delivery including match venues, host cities, team services, security, transport and technology as well as managing multiple stakeholder partnerships.

Prior to his current role, Neil was Head of Sport Operations at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) where he was responsible for service delivery and operational management for the 26 Olympic and 20 Paralympic sports, and 45 competition venues. Before joining LOCOG, he was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs for eight years.

He is a lifelong cricket supporter, and has been involved with Guildford Cricket Club for many years, as a player, coach and administrator, including three years as Chairman of the Club and of the Guildford Cricket Festival. Neil also has a long association with Surrey County Cricket Club and in 2012 was invited to be a member of the Surrey CCC Business Advisory Group, and also served on the Surrey Championship committee.

Warwickshire CCC Chairman, Norman Gascoigne, said: "Neil was the outstanding candidate for the role. He will bring a wealth of relevant experience as the Club strives for greater success on and off the field, building on the outstanding platform created under the leadership of Colin Povey. I am delighted to welcome Neil to Warwickshire."

Snowball, who will relocate to the West Midlands from Surrey, commented: "I am delighted to have been appointed as Warwickshire's Chief Executive, joining a Club with not only a proud and successful history but with a clear ambition for the future. The strength of the playing squad as evidenced by performances over the last five years and the world class facilities at Edgbaston offer enormous opportunity in the years ahead."