Basketball Australia today announced that interim CEO, Scott Derwin had notified the board he would not be applying for the permanent role.
Mr David Thodey, interim chairman of the Board of Basketball stated that while the board was sorry to receive Derwinï¿½s notice, it welcomed his agreement to remain in the interim role while the organisation progresses its search for a successful candidate.
Mr Thodey acknowledged Derwin as a driving force behind the successful reform of basketball in Australia, and credited him as being instrumental in leading Basketball Australia through substantial and positive development during his nine years as CEO.
"With Basketball Australia now well placed as a healthy and forward looking organisation, the next five years will see further significant and challenging change to the structure of the organisation and its role in supporting the sport across all levels.
"On behalf of the Board of Basketball, and the wider basketball community I would like to take this opportunity to thank Scott for his professionalism and tireless contribution to the leadership of Basketball Australia over recent years and wish him well in his future endeavours."
Derwin stated that the time was right for a change at the CEO level to undertake this next stage of change management.
"Since taking on the role of CEO for Basketball Australia almost 10 years ago, a key goal was to deliver a unanimous outcome for the reform of basketball, which was in the best interest of all basketball participants," said Mr Derwin.
"It was clear that to ensure the future success of basketball in this country, it needed an independent governing body capable of making decisions in the best interest of the sport.
"I am very proud that this goal has now been achieved, and that basketball is in a positive position to move forward through the formation of a single management body which will strengthen the focus on building the sport across all levels and provide stronger links between national and state bodies," said Mr Derwin.
Basketball Australia and the NBL made the decision to merge in June 2008 as part of a sweeping review of the sport in the country. The merger was formalised in a unanimous vote by all stakeholders on 8 November 2008.
An interim Board of Basketball, headed by Group Managing Director for Telstra Enterprise and Government, David Thodey, was appointed to oversee the review process and the successful restructure of the sport, with Derwin appointed to the role of Interim CEO for the new organisation.
Derwin was previously CEO of Basketball Australia since April 1999.