Mark Darbon

  • Darbon Is New Chief Exec At Northampton

    Mark Darbon is to be the new chief executive of Northampton Saints. Darbon arrives at Franklin’s Gardens in late July with experience from a career spent working for some of the world’s biggest sporting brands, including as a senior figure in the delivering of the London 2012 Olympics. After over five years with Diageo as a global strategy manager, then strategy director for greater China and finally commercial director for Diageo’s whisky brands in Europe, in 2009 Darbon joined the sporti...

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  • Percival Joins Northampton Saints As Marketing & Comms Director

    ... (RFU), where he was communications manager for the England national team under head coach Eddie Jones. Prior to his role at the RFU, Percival has held senior Marketing and communications roles at CAA Sports, npower and Wasps. Reporting to chief executive Mark Darbon, Percival will form part of a new, restructured executive team alongside director of rugby Jim Mallinder, finance director Julia Chapman and a new commercial director who will be announced in the coming months. “We are delighted t...

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  • Northampton Make Commercial And Retail Appointments

    ... Lee Gibbons has been appointed as the club’s new commercial director. Gibbons (pictured on the right) joins after nine years at adidas having previously held senior commercial positions at IMG. Commenting on his appointment, Saints chief executive Mark Darbon said, “The commercial director is a critical role at the club. With his vast knowledge of the sports industry and his significant commercial experience at adidas, Lee will bring a progressive approach to the club’s commercial activit...

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  • Northampton Saints Report First Annual Loss Since 2001

    ... opportunities to strengthen the squad for future seasons. Jim Mallinder has also reviewed how we do things in his department and has implemented a number of changes in order to refresh and improve things. “Away from the playing front we have appointed Mark Darbon as our new chief executive. Mark will bring a fresh approach to how we run our business, which of course in turn is essential in supporting a successful playing effort. “My ambitions for the club are quite simple. I want to build o...

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  • Mark Rigby - London Wasps

    Mark Rigby, former club captain, player and current board director at London Wasps, has been appointed executive chairman. Rigby, former CEO of commercial property services firm Lambert Smith Hampton, will lead the club through 2009 taking responsibility for playing and commercial activities as well as advising on the proposed new stadium complex for the club.

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  • Mark Sinderberry - Saracens

    Mark Sinderberry has left his position as chief executive of Guinness Premiership club Saracens to pursue further career opportunities. Edward Griffiths, who was CEO of Saracens umbrella company Premier Team Holdings, has taken over the role at Saracens. Club owner Nigel Wray explained: “Edward has huge experience within rugby, having been CEO of South African Rugby during their World Cup win in 1995 and, more recently, on the country's bid for the 2011 World Cup. “Edward has been working wi...

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  • Q&A With RRW's Mark Davies

    The new chief executive of Regional Rugby Wales Mark Davies has given his first interview to Wales Online since taking up the position. Davies provides an update on where the four regions stand following the new peace deal between them and the Welsh Rugby Union.  The former Scarlets chief also claims that the Pro12 is targeting up to five main commercial partners between now and the end of the season. Pro12 sides are set to receive additional funds to the guaranteed €20m once revenue for the...

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  • Mark Lambert Talks Education In Rugby

    Harlequins Prop Mark Lambert talks to The Rugby Business Network about the importance of education in rugby in the professional era to ensure that players have a career path to pursue, whether in business, journalism or another field, when they hang up their boots. Please click here to view the video on The Rugby Business Network website......

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  • Quins Add Spelman To Board

    Harlequins have appointed former Accenture global head of strategy Mark Spelman to their board as a non-executive director. The Cambridge University graduate spent over 25 years in senior roles at Accenture and has held a range of advisory and non-executive roles since leaving the company in 2015, including recently chairing the World Economic Forum’s “Future of the Internet” initiative. Harlequins’ chairman David Morgan said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone of Mark’s cal...

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  • Sponsorship Milestones For Carlsberg UK And Bank Of Ireland

    ... first team playing shorts for the first time in a number of years. “We’ve had an excellent relationship with Carlsberg UK for many years and are delighted to have extended our partnership agreement into the future,” said Saints chief executive Mark Darbon. “We have made a particular effort to make sure that the partnership puts our supporters first, particularly in relation to the price they pay for a pint, the time they queue at the bar and the variety and quality of the drinks that we...

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