Rugby World Cup
Vaughan lands Rugby World Cup role
ESPNscrum Staff
December 14, 2010
RFU business operations director  Paul Vaughan, January 21, 2003
Paul Vaughan has been appointed chief executive of England Rugby 2015 © Getty Images

The RFU has appointed Paul Vaughan as chief executive of England Rugby 2015 - the company that will orchestrate the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Vaughan will begin his new role on February 4, having served the RFU as business operations director for the past 10 years. During his tenure commercial revenues for the union increased from £43million to £119million.

He will continue in both roles until a suitable replacement is identified.

"We cast the net wide and saw some impressive and highly experienced candidates," Martyn Thomas, chairman of England Rugby 2015 and chairman of the RFU Board, said.

"But in the end we all agreed that Paul had a unique combination of experience in the rugby market, commercial expertise and leadership skills.

"Making the Rugby World Cup a success will require a positive and collaborative relationship with the IRB and with the RFU and it goes without saying Paul has those relationships already in place.

"He has been closely involved in our planning so far so we are already well on our way to delivering an outstanding World Cup."

Bernard Lapasset, chairman of the IRB and Rugby World Cup Ltd, welcomed the appointment, adding: "The successful delivery of the world's third largest sporting event is founded on partnership, teamwork, vision and strong leadership.

"Paul certainly possesses all the necessary attributes as he is vastly experienced, has an excellent knowledge of the global game, has a strong working relationship with the IRB and knows how to build successful marketing and ticketing strategies."

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