Basketball Australia today announced the appointment of Jerril Rechter as Chief Executive Officer.
With an executive-level career spanning over 20 years, Ms. Rechter is known as an innovator, a leader and an influencer.
She is an experienced CEO who over the last seven years has played a significant role in promoting health, well-being, sport and physical activity in her role as the CEO of VicHealth.
Ms. Rechter’s breadth of career experience spans high-level stakeholder management in many complex environments, including local, state and federal government bodies such as Sport Australia; peak state, national and international health and sporting bodies, together with local and national media outlets.
She has embedded innovation at the centre of organisations she has worked with, and at VicHealth has sought to shine a light on the impact that sport can have on the lives of an individual and the larger Australian community.
Ms. Rechter brings a strong sense of enthusiasm to engage with players, fans, and fellow basketball association bodies in Australia, with a personal passion and interest in basketball and its important role in connecting with women and men, girls and boys across the country.
She is excited to be leading basketball in Australia into the next phase of its development as it moves towards being the sport of choice for Australian families in the 21st century.
“I am delighted to be taking up the CEO role of Basketball Australia at a time of significant growth for the sport in Australia and internationally,” said Ms. Rechter.
“Interest in basketball is rising across the nation, with Australia boasting some of the best athletes, coaches, officials, talent pathways and administrators, with a strong volunteer base and grassroots participation across all ages.
“Basketball is the sport for everyone and its role in uniting communities and sectors in a global movement is a fantastic opportunity for the sport in Australia.
“I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders to develop a united vision for the game which builds upon and extends existing strong foundations and relationships.”
Commenting on the appointment, Basketball Australia Chairman Ned Coten was excited at the prospect of Ms. Rechter leading the organisation.
“Jerril has an incredible track record of building partnerships on a State, National and global level,” said Coten.
“She is a strong and proven leader who has the respect of the sport, business and government communities in Australia and internationally.
“We have been through a rigorous and thorough process and Jerril came ahead of a talented, committed and passionate field of excellent candidates for this pivotal role. I’m looking forward to working closely with her to take advantage of the amazing opportunities we have in basketball.
“I would like to thank the Board of Basketball Australia and Egon Zehnder for their support with this important appointment.”
As the CEO of VicHealth, Jerril steered the development and implementation of a significant innovation and change agenda that now sits at the core of its work. Formerly concerned with activity funding, VicHealth now takes the role of strategic investor; working inventively with agencies, organisations and researchers to help reform the areas in which it invests. Led by Jerril, this rejuvenated approach has seen the organisations leadership role expanded and brought VicHealth national and international recognition: including designation as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Leadership; Committee for Melbourne’s Melbourne Achiever Award and the successful rights negotiation and creation of the award winning This Girl Can Victoria campaign from Sports England.
Non-Executive Directorships & Appointments: • Director, Western Bulldogs Football Club • Member, Male Champions of Change National Group • Advisor, World Health Organization • Chair, International Network of Health Promotion Foundations • Chair, Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Council
Awards: Recognised in the 2016 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence; Winner, Victorian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award (Victorian Government and Academia); Finalist, National NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards; Recognised Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria).