Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive Officer
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Ian Ritchie joined the RFU as Chief Executive Officer on February 27, 2012.
Previously CEO of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club for six years, he has more than 30 years’ experience across business, media and sport.
Ian has held several senior non-executive positions with leading UK sporting organisations, including serving as the first independent non-executive director of a domestic football governing body, when he served on the Board of the Football League from April 2004 to December 2011. He was also a member of the Wembley Stadium Board from July 2008 until December 2011.
He became a barrister after studying Law at university but soon moved to Granada TV, starting a very successful career in TV and media, including as Channel 5 Chief Executive. Amongst other roles he was Vice President of Global business for the Associated Press and in his time there was also Chairman of SNTV. He was joint Chairman of Sports News Television from 2002 until moving in 2005 to the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, raising the status of The Championships, Wimbledon, and growing the tournament commercially while retaining its traditional values.
Ian is married to Jill, they have two sons and live in Surrey.