Ms Rechter is departing BA having successfully led the organisation through the COVID-19 global pandemic and a number of initiatives including the development of a new strategic plan, funding and broadcast deals, the organisation’s inaugural diversity and inclusion plus reconciliation action plans, delivery of the successful 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season in a hub format, and the awarding of the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup to Australia.
Upon announcing her departure, outgoing CEO Jerril Rechter AM said: “I am pleased to have had the opportunity to lead Basketball Australia and to achieve outcomes in the areas of diversity, growth, participation and high performance. I thank the many stakeholders in government, commercial partners and the basketball community who have collaborated with the organisation and shared in the vision for the sport.”
Ned Coten, Chair of Basketball Australia, acknowledged Ms Rechter’s contributions to the sport and Basketball Australia: “Jerril leaves us with a strong overarching strategy, and having delivered a successful WNBL season, our first Diversity and Inclusion Framework, a Reconciliation Action Plan and a high-level strategy for women and girls. The Board sincerely thanks her for her contribution, and we wish her well in her future endeavours”.
Ms Rechter will continue to serve the community via her current Board Directorships, including the AFL Western Bulldogs Football Club, and by working with organisations with an innovation and change agenda.
The Board of Basketball Australia will appoint an interim CEO while they conduct an executive search to fill the role permanently.