Welsh Rugby Union appoint new chief financial officer

The Welsh Rugby Union has appointed Leighton Davies as chief financial officer. The role is the first senior management appointment since Abi Tierney took up her position as the union’s chief executive in January.

The union will also shortly appointed a new chief growth officer to help drive commercial revenues. A strategic review into the game in Wales is also expected to be published by the WRU in June, with input from global management consultancy Portas Consulting.

Mr Davies, who hails from Crynant in the Dulais Valley, is currently global controller with advanced manufacturer Purolite, an Ecolab company, having previously spent seven years as finance director of international operations. The US firm has its European HQ and main R&D facility in Llantrisant.

His previous roles include three years as finance director for the BBC, as well as holding senior finance roles with GE Aviation and Network Rail.

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Mr Davies said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Welsh rugby and I’m really looking forward to the challenge, to helping get to grips with the issues affecting our clubs, the professional game and our communities and to playing my part in finding the solutions that will help the game grow to its full potential.

“I am a finance leader with proven commercial business acumen, I will bring an ability to see and help drive the big commercial picture as well as ensuring the finance function at the Welsh Rugby Union is efficient, effective and reliable for all other parts of the business.

“Rugby means more to us in Wales than it does in any other nation around the globe and this is a role I will relish.”

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