Mark McCafferty to leave position as Premiership Rugby chief executive at the end of season

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Darren Childs names as new Premiership Rugby chief as Mark McCafferty steps down at the end of the season after sealing three major TV deals

  • Mark McCafferty will step down as Premiership Rugby chief executive 
  • He will be replaced by media executive Darren Childs at the end of the season 
  • McCafferty will depart his role to become an advisor to CVC Capital Partners 
  • During his time in the role McCafferty helped seal three major TV deals 

Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty is to step down at the end of the season, with Darren Childs named as his successor.

McCafferty will depart in June and take up a role as an advisor to CVC Capital Partners. 

They are the private equity firm that has bought a 27 per cent share in the Gallagher Premiership at a cost of £200million.

Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty will step down at the end of the season

Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty will step down at the end of the season

McCafferty more than tripled media revenues after negotiating three major TV deals and also agreed for US insurance company Gallagher to become the competition’s new title sponsor during his tenure.

‘Mark has played a pivotal leadership role in the development of Premiership Rugby since 2005,’ Premiership Rugby chairman Ian Ritchie said.

‘The growth of the Club game in England and Europe during that time has been tremendous.’

Childs will leave his current job at digital broadcaster UKTV to assume the position at Premiership Rugby.  

The incoming CEO said: ‘I am excited about the challenge that working in a new industry brings, especially one on the cusp of a transformation like rugby. 

I have always admired the values rugby demonstrates on the pitch and in the community and it will be a fantastic opportunity to work with the Clubs, and the Board to create even more fans of the sport. 

‘Premiership Rugby and European Professional Club Rugby are full of thrills and the future will certainly provide many more.’ 

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