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Manning-Cooper appointed ER 2015 Communications & Marketing Director

04 January 2013

  • Joanna Manning-Cooper becomes ER 2015 Communications & Marketing Director
  • Former LOCOG Head of Public Relations and Media starts next week
England Rugby 2015 Communications and Marketing Director Joanna Manning-Cooper

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England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015), Tournament Organiser of Rugby World Cup 2015, has appointed Joanna Manning-Cooper, previously Head of Public Relations and Media for LOCOG, to the new role of Communications & Marketing Director.

The new position will be part of the ER 2015 leadership team and will be responsible for ticketing and volunteering campaigns, promoting the tournament, managing the ER2015 brand, implementation of the Rugby World Cup brand, media relations, running the press office and coordinating press operations.

Joanna Manning-Cooper has 20 years of integrated communications and media experience, including six-and-a-half years at LOCOG, where she was responsible for global PR and media activity to promote the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Prior to LOCOG she was Director of Global Communications for the Financial Times.

Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive of ER 2015, said: “We want Rugby World Cup 2015 in England to be the best World Cup ever. With less than 1,000 days to go to the tournament we are strengthening our senior team, and Joanna has been appointed following a competitive recruitment process for this important new role within the ER 2015 leadership team.

“Joanna did an exceptional job for London 2012, and her skills and experience in major sporting events will be a great asset as we promote Rugby World Cup 2015 to the world.”

Manning-Cooper starts in her new role next week and will report to Jevans.