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Group Managing Director

Kookaburra Sport Pty Ltd
Phone: +61 *********  
Email: b***@***.au
Local Address:  United Kingdom
218 Chesterville Road
Moorabbin , Victoria 3189

Company Description: Kookaburra I.T. is a wholly owned entity of Kookaburra Sport, an established sporting goods manufacturer and importer based in Melbourne, Australia. It's board of...   more

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Pink balls ready for day-night Tests, ..., 18 June 2015 [cached]
Pink balls ready for day-night Tests, says Kookaburra chief Elliot
"The Kookaburra turf pink ball has been extensively tested over the past five years by the MCC, ECB, CA, and I believe the ball is ready for an international Test match," Kookaburra managing director Brett Elliot was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
He added, "We have also supplied a number of other ICC members like CSA (Cricket South Africa) and WICB (West Indies), and have been equally happy with its performances at domestic level."
Brett Elliot
Kookaburra managing director Brett ..., 17 June 2015 [cached]
Kookaburra managing director Brett Elliot said he had been pleased with the results of extensive testing, including in the Sheffield Shield last season when a ball with a green seam was used, reports Sydney morning herald on Tuesday.
Elliot said the pink ball had been tested by CA, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
"The Kookaburra turf pink ball has been extensively tested over the past five years by the MCC, ECB, CA, and I believe the ball is ready for an international Test match," Elliot said.
"We have also supplied a number of other ICC members like CSA (Cricket South Africa) and WICB (West Indies), and have been equally happy with its performances at domestic level," he said.
This enhances the brightness of the ball although some say also encourages early swing," Elliot said.
Kookaburra Sport group managing director ..., 8 Jan 2015 [cached]
Kookaburra Sport group managing director Brett Elliot said that the changes of ball had been noted and came as a surprise. He added that the manufacturing process had not altered in recent years and that Kookaburra had requested New Zealand Cricket send the balls from this Test match to Australia for analysis.
Press Release - Global Crick Brand Kookaburra Demonstrates Local Trend for Online Reinvention, 10 Sept 2009 [cached]
Brett Elliot, Managing Director of Kookaburra, commented:
After 121 years in business, the ..., 20 Sept 2011 [cached]
After 121 years in business, the Kookaburra brand is still flying high and a change at the top sees Brett Elliot succeed his father Rob who is stepping back after more than 42 years with the company and 20 years as Group Managing Director.
Changeover day was July 1, with Brett returning from many years in the UK, the past decade as chief of Kookaburra Reader where he oversaw the integration into the business of ball-manufacturing acquisitions and preparations for London 2012 Olympic Games.
Reports Rob, "The board identified Brett as the right person to take on the role - providing a nice continuity - and I will retire, although staying on as a director, and I hope there will be a role for me advising on local and international issues.
Established as AG Thompson in 1890 by an immigrant leather worker, and with three members of the Thompson family playing important roles in the business, the Kookaburra brand is predominantly cricket - equipment, footwear apparel and accessories, with field hockey as a sport which is seen as having substantial growth potential globally.
Brett Elliot had arrived in Melbourne to take up his new role little more than a day before he spoke with Sportslink. He reported being jetlagged but excited about taking on the top job.
He says, "The issue of succession is always a vitally important one in a family company - we are fifth generation - and timing had been under discussion for some time. It had to be the right time for Rob, and the right time for the business," reports Brett.
Brett attributes the global brand's success to the brand-building and market development - "we invest heavily in our products, put it first, and our innovation and quality shine through.
"We have maintained our good reputation and focused on leading the industry in service to our customers," he says.
Brett sees his role as group managing director as a global one, focusing on international issues.
Says Brett, "We want to have the best players in India too, but values are skyrocketing, boosted by sportswear brands such as Adidas and Nike signing top players to sell apparel, and our strategy is to choose young players and try to keep them for life.
Among the global challenges faced by Kookaburra - and Brett acknowledges that the brand is certainly not alone! - is the "harder time retail is having world-wide. Europe has tough years ahead which will impact on Australia too and we have to understand that our customers are finding it tough and we must work with them to help them survive."
Says Brett, Kookaburra is well-positioned to maintain its growth and potential but there are significant challenges world-wide.
And this is an issue Brett has seen first hand, playing village cricket in Rutland and with his two teenage sons who are keen cricketers too.
• Will his sons follow into the family business? This is not a given, says Brett, depending on their skills and job opportunities here when they reach the right ages.
Meanwhile Brett says, there are three Thompson cousins playing vital roles in manufacturing for Kookaburra Sport, including Ross Thompson as head of cricket ball production and Peter Thompson head of R&D.
• Field hockey is a growing sport in Europe, reports Brett, with Kookaburra as number two in England and a successful and growing distributor in the Netherlands which is the centre of European hockey. Spain and German markets are growing too, he says.
Among the positives of the return to Australia for Brett and his family, is the much closer access to a beach and the opportunity to enjoy his favourite sports of kiteboarding and windsurfing.
His annual visit to the UK and South Africa in the northern summer started in early July with official handover to Brett happening in Corby, Northamptonshire, rather than Melbourne which remains Kookaburra's home and major manufacturing facility. "All our roots are here," Rob says.
Pictured: Rob Elliot (left) hands over the bat to son and successor Brett
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