Full name Martin Snedden
Born November 23, 1958, Auckland
Current age 58 years 157 days
Martin Snedden played 25 cricket Tests for New Zealand as a handy bowler and lower-order batsman and was also a decent weapon in the one-day format. Also a keen rugby player and a qualified lawyer, Snedden took over as chief executive of New Zealand cricket in 2001.
He was generally popular in the role although he angered some with an apparent money-first attitude which led to an increase in one-day games and continued dealings with Zimbabwe despite the government's disapproval.
He stepped down from the position in 2007 to take over as the chief of the company entrusted with the running of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. In the build-up to the tournament Snedden announced a large expected loss and fought criticism of ticket prices, which were deemed as steep given the global recession, but the staging of the Cup - won by the hosts - proved to be a major success. In the aftermath, Snedden was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year honours.
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