Softball Australia is pleased to announce Peter Jon Hartshorne (PJ) as the new Chairperson of the Board of Directors. This will ensure a smooth transition from current Chair John Hollingsworth whose nine-year tenure on the Board comes to a mandatory end at the AGM in October 2020.
Hollingsworth joined the Softball Australia Board in April 2011 and was appointed Chairperson in October 2014.
During his six years as Chairperson, Softball Australia has seen an increased focus on nation-wide collaboration; increasing emphasis on grass-roots; the establishment of a highly skilled, diverse national board; a significant increase in commercial revenue; a strong balance sheet which will hold the sport in good stead for years to come; a return to the Olympic Games and the introduction of a world-first format, Fully Loaded, which was launched through the first broadcast deal for the sport in Australia.
“John has a high level of commercial acumen and corporate governance expertise and his input into the sport has been invaluable,” Hartshorne said of his predecessor.
“It’s been a pleasure to work alongside John and on behalf of the organisation I’d like to thank him for his fantastic work over the last six years as Chairperson and almost nine years on the Board.”
Hollingsworth Chaired his final Board Meeting yesterday and will step away from the Board at the AGM in October with Hartshorne elected to fill the role by his fellow Board Members, effective immediately.
Hartshorne was elected to the Softball Australia Board in November 2013, for the past 25 years, Hartshorne has been a Managing Partner of the Infinity Group and has worked largely in systems integration and commercialisation with corporations and governments in Australia, Canada, UK and India. He also holds the position of Deputy Chair at Kidney Health Australia.
From a sporting perspective, Hartshorne brings experience from the elite sports world as Chairperson and majority owner of the Melbourne Ice, a pre-eminent club competing in the Australian Ice Hockey League.
“PJ stepping into the Chairperson role is a great result, he’s well across all of our current projects and is already bringing his extensive business knowledge to our organisation with a number of initiatives well underway,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia.
“We look forward to working with PJ in advancing softball in Australia.”