Hungry Jack's NBL
■ Executive Chairman
Larry Kestelman is an entrepreneur with an expanding portfolio of successful companies. He was the founder of telecommunications and utilities provider, Dodo, and as Executive Group Chairman of the LK Group has become synonymous with his vision for success across the technology, property and sporting landscape.
In 2015 he assumed ownership of the Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League and has overseen a period of unprecedented growth for the league over its 42-year history including record attendances and broadcast audiences and the entry of new clubs South East Melbourne Phoenix and the Tasmania JackJumpers.
In addition to his impressive business and sporting credentials, he is widely involved in the community and has won a variety of awards and recognitions for his achievements in supporting multiple charities and community initiatives.
■ Chief Executive Officer
David Stevenson begins in his role as NBL CEO in July 2023. He comes to the League with a wealth of leadership experience having previously held positions at the AFL as General Manager of Operations, the Western Bulldogs as CEO and Nike as VP & GM of Emerging Markets. During almost seven years at the AFL and 17 years at Nike, Stevenson held many executive positions in sports, commercial, operations, and retail both in Australia, New Zealand and Internationally across Asia and the USA. Stevenson also has strong governance experience as the board chair of a state government health service.
Jeremy Loeliger was appointed General Manager of the Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL) in 2015, Chief Executive Officer in 2016, and elevated to the post of NBL Commissioner in 2019. In this period the NBL has undergone a major transformation and is now Australia’s fastest growing sporting league and the second best domestic basketball league in the world after the NBA.
In his role, Loeliger has overseen the successful Next Stars program offering an alternative pathway for budding NBA superstars such as LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton. The program has generated worldwide interest and enhanced the NBL’s status as a global entertainment product. He has also played a key role in establishing the NBL’s relationships in the US and China and building the league’s profile both domestically and globally.
Before joining the NBL, Loeliger was a partner of a national law firm, practising corporate and commercial law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. In that time, he also carved out a successful sports law practice. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the Victorian Chapter of the Australia China Business Council and is a champion of Sino-Australian trade and sports diplomacy.
■ Chief Commercial Officer
Brad Joyner was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of the Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL) in November 2018. In this role he has helped build on the successful growth of the NBL’s commercial partnerships with a number of high profile brands including Hungry Jack’s, Kmart, Bunnings, Chemist Warehouse, MG, Sportsbet and Aldimobile.
Joyner previously held the post of Director of National Sales and Business Development at Telstra. During his tenure as the Director of Sales, Joyner led a National Sales Team that delivered significant business and customer growth, responsible for over $500m in group revenues.
■ Chief Media & Communications Officer
Starting his career in media at the Seven Network, it wasn’t long before Heath had established himself within the broadcast industry and commenced a news journalist cadetship. After several years covering some of the most significant stories in Victoria, he moved into the sports department and covered every major event hosted in the state including the AFL, Australian Open Tennis, NRL and NBL. In 2006 Heath moved to the Nine Network as the weekend sports presenter. In 2008 he was appointed Head of Media, Marketing and Communications at the North Melbourne Football Club where he spent 13 years. Heath is also an author and has written three books. He joined the National Basketball League as Chief Media & Communications Officer at a pivotal point, and continues to propel the league by innovating with a true growth mindset.
■ Chief Operating Officer
Vince Crivelli was appointed NBL Chief Operating Officer in July 2021. In this role he has helped build and maintain healthy relationships with all clubs in the league, bringing in his expertise in developing the skills and knowledge required to run a basketball club on and off the court. Crivelli’s experience in basketball has successfully enabled him to work with the clubs to continue to grow the NBL from strength to strength. Prior to this role, Crivelli was the Chief Executive Officer for Melbourne United. In his eight years with the club, Crivelli played an instrumental role in building the club since its inception in 2014 and helped guide the club to its inaugural NBL championship in 2018.