IRB appoints Gosper as new CEO
July 21, 2012
Brett Gosper has replaced the now departed Mike Miller © Getty Images
The International Rugby Board has unveiled Brett Gosper as their new CEO with the Australian replacing Mike Miller.
Gosper will start on August 15 and will also take up the role of managing director of Rugby World Cup ltd. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the IRB along with the sport's inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games.
He is a former player having turned out for the Australian U-21s and also for Racing Club in France. At business level, he has been CEO of McCann Erickson Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Gosper said: "I am delighted to be taking on this role at what is such an exciting time for the game with Rugby World Cup going from strength to strength as a major global sporting brand as we look forward to the biggest-ever Rugby World Cup in 2015 and the sport returning to the Olympic Games at Rio 2016 with participation at an all-time high and a strong global commercial profile.
"I am passionate about Rugby and look forward to using the experience gained through my involvement with the sport and management of global organisations and brands to work with the IRB Council, in partnership with Unions and regions, and strengthen relationships with stakeholders to add further momentum to rugby as one of the world's most popular and commercially successful sports."
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset welcomed the appointment and expressed his excitement for the future of the IRB and the growth of rugby worldwide.
"Guided by our comprehensive strategic plan, the IRB has a clear mission to develop, sustain and grow the sport of rugby worldwide in order that it remains a thriving, attractive sport, bound by strong values that continue to reach out to record numbers of men, women and children worldwide," said Lapasset. "Brett Gosper shares that vision and proved himself to be an outstanding candidate during an extensive recruitment process featuring excellent candidates. The IRB executive committee unanimously agreed that his strong blend of experience, skills and passion for the game are perfectly suited to the role.
"Brett joins a strong and dynamic management team at an exciting time for the IRB and rugby and I am confident he will continue to drive the game forward, ensuring our core base remains strong, competitive and compelling, while continuing to improve and grow the game throughout our regions and within new markets."
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