Ulster Rugby have confirmed the appointment of Edinburgh Rugby managing director, Jonny Petrie, as the club’s new CEO.
Petrie will take up his new role by the beginning of 2019 after he finishes up his current role with Edinburgh who has been with since July 2015.
The 42-year-old former Glasgow and Scotland captain retired from rugby in 2007, before joining SSE in a Learning & Development role. He was subsequently appointed as Head of Sponsorship for SSE in 2009, then joined the Scottish Rugby Union as Senior Corporate Affairs & Commercial Operations Manager in 2014.
Upon accepting the position, Petrie commented:
“I am enormously privileged to have been offered this role with Ulster Rugby and am looking forward to joining the club at such an interesting and exciting time for rugby at all levels across the Province.”
Paul Terrington, Chair of Ulster Rugby’s Management Committee, welcomed the appointment:
“We are delighted with the appointment of Jonny, who emerged as the top candidate in a thorough and competitive recruitment process. His experience and skill set will be a great asset to Ulster Rugby and we look forward to him taking the lead on our ambitious plans for the professional and domestic game.”
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne, added:
“We are pleased to welcome Jonny into the Irish Rugby family. With the recent appointment of a new Head Coach and now CEO, it is an exciting time for an ambitious Province like Ulster, so we look forward to working with Jonny in the months and years ahead.”