MELBOURNE - The Major League Baseball-owned Australian Baseball League announced today that former Melbourne Storm CEO & MD, Ron Gauci, will serve as the new Chairman of the Melbourne Aces.
Gauci has served as a Board Member for the Aces for the past two years and brings significant experience and expertise to the role. He successfully oversaw the restoration of the Melbourne Storm after it was embroiled in the salary cap scandal, taking it to its most successful level since its inception in 1998, to become one of the NRL's powerhouses.
Gauci takes over as Chairman from Andrew Baxter, the current Australian CEO of communications giant Publicis Worldwide, who was one of the Aces' inaugural Board Members and Chairman for the club the last three seasons.
Baxter will stay on with the ABL as one of the first members of the league's new National Advisory Board, which will consist of a cross-section of Australian business leaders passionate about baseball who will help drive the continued growth of the sport.
"It's a very exciting time to be taking on this role at the Aces," Gauci said. "The new season that is upon us will see a number of changes around the club that, in itself, brings an air of excitement and expectation. I also want to thank Andrew for his leadership and commitment to the Aces over the past five years."
Australian Baseball League CEO Peter Wermuth said, "We are excited and privileged to have someone of Ron's background and experience as our new Chairman of the Aces. We look forward to his continued contributions which have been critical to the development of the Melbourne Aces and the sport as a whole over the last two years."
The Australian Baseball League is Australia's premier professional baseball competition, jointly owned and run by Major League Baseball and the Australian Baseball Federation. The ABL had its most successful season to date in 2013/14, with record attendances and revenues. Canberra Cavalry also became the first Australian team to win the prestigious Asian Series championship. Major League Baseball staged the Opening Series of the 2014 season in Sydney earlier this year, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.