Steve Brown Named As New RFU Chief Executive

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1 September 2017

The RFU have appointed Steve Brown as chief executive officer. Replacing Ian Ritchie who is retiring. Brown is currently chief officer, business operations at the RFU.

Steve Brown joined the RFU as chief financial officer in June 2011. He also served as managing director of England Rugby 2015, responsible for organising the World Cup after the departure of Debbie Jevans just six months before the start of the tournament.

The impact of hosting the 2015 event saw the highest annual turnover in the RFU’s history and record investment in rugby.

He was subsequently appointed RFU chief officer, business operations with responsibility for technology, finance, HR, legal & governance, IPF, international relations & public affairs, Twickenham Stadium and in addition is the chief financial officer of the RFU.

“Over the last six years, Steve has shown us all exactly what he can deliver," said RFU chairman Andy Cosslett.

"He has undertaken a series of important strategic and operational roles for the RFU and I’m delighted to appoint him as CEO.

"His passion for rugby, and his commitment to rugby’s values are obvious to everyone who has worked with him, and he will lead a strong executive team who are committed to making rugby in England the best in the world. ”

Before joining the RFU, Steve was UK finance director at the UK operation of Abbott, the global, broad-based health care company, for five years after a decade with the company, covering a number of other senior financial

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