Cricket Australia’s executive general manager of public affairs, Karina Keisler, to depart

Karina Keisler, Cricket Australia’s executive general manager of public affairs, is leaving the organisation.

Keisler announced her departure on LinkedIn, reflecting on the change the organisation has undergone since the Australian cricket team’s ball-tampering scandal in 2018.

Keisler has spent two years with Cricket Australia

“As I approach the two-year mark at CA, I have decided it’s time to move on. Australian Cricket has been through a lot in the past two years, largely an upward trajectory from the historical low of Capetown in 2018,” she said.

Keisler joined Cricket Australia five months after the South African Test match in which the scandal took place. She was previously the chief corporate affairs officer at the NBN and has held roles at Telstra and Vodafone.

Keisler said over the past two years Cricket Australia had “been working our bums off to restore pride in our sport”.

“Following an incredible English summer where the men’s team retained The Ashes and the women’s team won theirs, I’m proud to say we have made significant headway culminating in the March 8 extravaganza that was the Women’s T20 World Cup,” she said.

“The sense of pride when I stood in the stands and watched the women’s team bring home their fifth World Cup in front of a record-breaking crowd at the MCG – including my family – is one I’ll never forget. And one I never expected to experience in relation to sport.”

Cricket Australia told Mumbrella: “Cricket Australia thanks Karina for her time in cricket. Karina has delivered much needed high-level strategic communications expertise during her time at CA, providing critical advice and guidance to the CA Board and the Executive team.

“We wish her all the best for the future.”

Keisler announced her departure on LinkedIn

The COVID-19 lockdown pause on sporting competitions gave Keisler time to reflect, she said.

“It’s these moments that define you, and never one for sitting still, I have been considering my future. After much thought, I have decided it’s the right time to bid farewell to cricket,” she wrote on LinkedIn.

Keisler directed Mumbrella’s request for further comment to her LinkedIn post.


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