Tom Hill Named As New Commercial Head At World Rugby

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11 July 2017

World Rugby has announced the appointment of Tom Hill as chief commercial officer.

Hill joins from Manchester United at the end of September 2017. As global head of partnerships & operations at the Premier League club, he was part of a highly-successful commercial team, growing the club’s sponsorship revenues through the acquisition and retention of international partnerships.

A rugby fan, Hill has also extensive elite rugby pedigree, having held previous roles as sales and marketing manager for the Rugby Football Union (2005-2008), general manager of the England Rugby Supporters’ Club (2002-2005) and commercial director with Saracens (1998-2002).

Hill will be responsible for driving forward World Rugby’s commercial, broadcast and marketing strategies as the sport seeks to break new markets as a mainstream sport, inspiring new audiences and unlocking commercial opportunities in line with its strategic vision to grow the global rugby family.

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said: “Tom’s exceptional track record with some of the biggest brands in sport is perfectly suited to World Rugby’s strategic mission to grow the global game through expanding and strengthening our commercial footprint, unlocking partner opportunities in new markets and inspiring new audiences through fan-first innovative broadcast and digital channels.”

“Tom joins a strong and dynamic management team at a time of exceptional global growth, Rugby World Cup going from strength to strength with a record Worldwide Partner programme for the first tournament in Asia in 2019 and strong candidates for 2023, the growth of rugby sevens

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