NBN’s Karina Keisler to join Cricket Australia in public affairs role

The chief corporate affairs officer for Australia’s beleaguered National Broadband Network, Karina Keisler, will join Cricket Australia as its executive general manager of public affairs at the end of August.

Keisler announced her departure from the NBN back in February, saying she would be going travelling to Africa with her family in August.

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Keisler: Already landed a new job

In a LinkedIn post, Keisler conceded there had been a change of plan.

“Admittedly also a little shocked because I had planned pina coladas and beach time before sinking my teeth into another incredible role,” she said. “But how could I let this one pass me by?”

Keisler said Cricket Australia has been through an “incredible evolution” over the past few years, with bold moves into Big Bash, digital media, esports and international women’s cricket.

She noted: “On the latter, I’m very impressed by their pioneering role in establishing women in professional sports.”

Alluding to the recent ball-tampering cheating scandal and the ongoing fallout, and the public perception problems faced by the NBN, Keisler said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the fervent opinion from any and everyone I have mentioned cricket to in the past couple of months. I mean, there I was thinking everyone was talking about the NBN.”

Keisler told Mumbrella there was a big reform agenda underway and the new gig would be “tough but fun”.


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