The International Rugby Board has announced the appointment of Alan Gilpin as Head of Rugby World Cup. Gilpin, who will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the globally-renowned brand, said:
I am delighted and honoured to be joining the IRB at such an exciting time for the sport and Rugby World Cup. I look forward to working within a strong management team in full collaboration with key stakeholders, including our England Rugby 2015 and Japan Rugby 2019 tournament organising friends to ensure that both tournaments will write yet more record-breaking chapters in the Rugby World Cup success story.
A Rugby man and previously a lawyer, Gilpin is no stranger to Rugby’s showcase event. He joins the IRB from the Sodexo and Mike Burton Group joint venture where, as Chief Commercial Officer for Rugby Travel & Hospitality Limited, and Prestige Ticketing & Hospitality Limited, he oversaw the award-winning hospitality programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games and has been instrumental in the delivery of the Rugby World Cup 2015 official hospitality programme, which is on track to break attendance and revenue records.
Prior to the London 2012 role, Gilpin spent nine years with IMG, including responsibility for commercial rights negotiation across Rugby World Cup 2003, 2007 and 2011.
Gilpin replaces Kit McConnell, who joined the International Olympic Committee as Sports Director at the beginning of the year.