Alan Gilpin has been appointed as the new chief executive officer at World Rugby.
The 47-year-old had filled the role of interim chief executive following Brett Gosper's departure from the role at rugby unions global governing body at the start of 2021, however, the position has now been made permanent by World Rugby.
Gilpin's experience includes taking over the dual post of chief operating officer and managing director of the Rugby World Cup in 2016, having joined World Rugby two years earlier. He also has a background in law.
On his appointment Gilpin, said: "I am immensely proud and honoured to take up the role as chief executive of World Rugby and to lead an organisation that is at a really exciting stage in its history.
“With a new strategic plan ready to launch, considerable talent within the organisation and an executive board that has ambitious goals for the next few years, it is set to be a pivotal period in the growth of the sport.
“I am also well aware of the challenges that we face as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and seek to get rugby back on the field in many parts of the world.”
World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont added: “I am excited by Alan’s vision for the future of the organisation and the moves the sport needs to take to become truly global and drive sustainable growth in new, key markets.
“His intimate knowledge of the business of the sport, the opportunities and challenges we collectively face as a family and his excellent leadership and stakeholder relations skills make him the stand-out and right choice for this role at an important and exciting time for the sport globally.”
Gosper, who held the position of CEO for nine years, left the role join the National Football League (NFL) as their head of Europe and the UK.
Author: Jake Wilkin