Rugby Football Union appoints a new CEO - Ruck

Rugby Football Union appoints a new CEO

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) have announced that they have appointed Steve Brown as their new chief executive officer.

The appointment concludes an extensive selection process led by a Board nominations panel which concluded on 31 August. The appointment received RFU Board approval this morning.


Brown is currently Chief Officer, Business Operations at the RFU, and he succeeds Ian Ritchie who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Steve Brown joined the RFU as Chief Financial Officer on June 10, 2011. He also served as Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, responsible for organising the England 2015 Rugby World Cup, widely acclaimed as the most successful Rugby World Cup ever.

The impact of hosting the 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, Human Resources, 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. ”

‘Job of a lifetime’

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 positions, including UK Pharmaceutical manufacturing and at Abbott’s Paris-based Commercial Regional Headquarters.


Prior to joining Abbott, Steve spent three years as the Business Support Manager and Group Head of Finance for British Energy PLC. He originally trained as an accountant in the National Health Service where he held a number of financial roles.

Brown said: “This is the job of a lifetime for me. I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity to lead a sport I love, in an organisation I have been proud to work for over the last six years, and I look forward to leading the team as we work to grow the game at every level. ”

Brown has been a club and international rugby fan for many years, is keen on motorsport and loves music, playing occasionally as a session guitarist. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and three daughters.

He will commence his role as RFU CEO on Monday 4 September.

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