Six Nations Rugby has appointed Tom Harrison as their new CEO, replacing outgoing chief executive Ben Morel, who announced his intention to step down from the role last year.
Harrison will only fully takeover after the 2023 Six Nations tournament has completed, on April 1st.
The process was led by Ronan Dunne, Chairman of the Six Nations Rugby Board, and was approved by the Six Nations Rugby Council.
Harrison will be starting his role at the beginning of March and will work closely with Morel to ensure a smooth transition of leadership before taking full responsibility on April 1st, 2023.
Harrison has a wealth of experience in leadership roles, having previously served as the Chief Executive of the ECB for over seven years.
He is expected to work closely with Morel over the next few months to ensure a successful transition of leadership for the organization.
“Tom joins Six Nations Rugby at a hugely exciting time for the organisation, the sport, and its fans,” said Six Nations Rugby Chairman Ronan Dunne.
“He brings with him a wealth of experience that is going to be instrumental in helping meet the ambitions and goals of the business, and I am looking forward to working with him to achieve these.
“I would like to thank Ben for his dedication and leadership, during his five years as CEO, and congratulate him on the achievements he has overseen in that time.”
Following his appointment, Tom Harrison added: “The Six Nations Rugby Championships stand alongside the most famous and treasured competitions in sport.”
They are rich in history and have an enduring appeal with fans all over the world. It’s a huge privilege to join the organisation and play a part in the continued development of this celebrated brand and to serve rugby union more widely.
“There is a real momentum within the organisation, and I am really looking forward to working with the wider team, collaborating with each union and federation, and supporting the enviable roster of broadcast and commercial partners.”