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NZ Football announce Interim CEO

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New Zealand Football is pleased to announce experienced sports administrator Andrew Pragnell as the Interim CEO for the next six months.

Mr Pragnell is currently Manager of the Partnerships Team at Sport New Zealand and recently served as the organisation’s Acting General Manager of the Partnerships and Communications division.

Mr Pragnell has previously held leadership roles with Auckland Council and the Human Rights Commission, and lectured in Sport Management at AUT.

He will take unpaid leave from Sport NZ to be the Interim CEO for New Zealand Football while the independent review conducted by leading employment lawyer Pip Muir is completed.

New Zealand Football President Deryck Shaw was delighted to appoint someone of Mr Pragnell’s experience to lead the organisation during this transition period.

"We are really pleased to have someone with Andrew’s depth of sports experience in the role - he comes to New Zealand Football with huge credibility, a proven track record and perspective on how other leading sports in New Zealand are operating," said Mr Shaw.

"The New Zealand Football EXCO and the Senior Management Team are excited to be working with someone they know well, is highly capable and will be a great fit for the organisation."

Mr Pragnell has a wide range of facility development experience from Major Facilities to brokering sports club partnerships. Having worked as a sport development manager for many years across the

Pacific region following a career working in the International Development sector, he has a passion for sport, education and facilitating opportunities for communities.

Mr Pragnell says he is looking forward to working with the New Zealand Football Executive Committee and the New Zealand Football Senior Management Team.

"I’m really excited about the opportunity to contribute to one of our leading sport organisations during this period of transition," he said

"I’m also looking forward to building on the regional relationships with the Federations and clubs to improve services to members."

The process of appointing the Interim CEO was completed independently of Sport New Zealand. Mr Shaw thanked Sport New Zealand for supporting Mr Pragnell’s application and providing him with leave of absence to take the role.

Mr Pragnell will be the CEO on an Interim basis. The Permanent CEO role will be advertised once the New Zealand Football EXCO have agreed the requirements for this position. This process could take up to six months. Mr Pragnell will begin as the NZ Football Interim CEO on 30 July.

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