Wasps chairman applauds Ian Ritchie's appointment
Date: 22 Mar 2018
Wasps chairman Derek Richardson has greeted the arrival of new Premiership Rugby chairman Ian Ritchie as “great news for us all.”
“Ian’s pedigree will be very good for Premiership Rugby,” he said.
“His previous stint with the RFU past and background in Tennis, TV and as a QC will definitely direct us in a great way.”
The appointment of 63-year-old Ritchie as Premiership Rugby’s new independent, non-executive chairman was confirmed yesterday.
He was elected unanimously by the board of directors for a two-year term which starts next month.
Ritchie spent five years at the helm of the RFU between 2011 and 2017 after a six-year stint as chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon.
He has also previously held non-executive roles at the Football League and Wembley Stadium.
Ritchie takes over from Newcastle Falcons chairman and owner Semore Kurdi who also greeted his appointment with enthusiasm.
“Ian will undoubtedly add to our ability to realise the full potential of the league,” he said.
“I have enjoyed my time in the chair and I look forward to working with him through this next phase.”
Ritchie believes he is arriving at a time when English rugby’s top flight is experiencing a spell of impressive success.
“I take over the chairmanship with Premiership Rugby in great shape,” he said.
“It has become one of the foremost competitions in professional sport, and clearly, the partnership with the RFU is central to the success of both club and country.
“I would like to record my appreciation of Semore’s role over the last two years and look forward to helping build on this.”