Full name William Pulver
Current age 57 years days
Bill Pulver is the current chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union having taken over from former boss John O'Neill at the beginning of 2013.
Prior to his appointment, he was best known as the target of an extortion attempt in August 2011 when Paul Douglas Peters attached a fake collar bomb around the neck of his daughter Madeline. Peters last year was sentenced to 13 years and six months' jail over the incident, with a minimum of 10 years.
A product of Shore School, Pulver's own rugby career included GPS representation, followed by colts and grade Rugby for University of NSW. Post-university, he started a 17-year career with global marketing research firm ACNielsen in Australia, rising to the role of Managing Director. He was later based in Tokyo as Group Chief Executive for Japan and Korea.
From 1999-2001, Pulver moved to London as President of ACNielsen eRatings.com, an internet audience measurement operation. Six years based in New York followed as President of the NASDAQ listed internet media and market research company NetRatings Inc.
From 2008 to 2010, Pulver was chairman of Repucom International, a global leader in sports marketing research. His position prior to joining the ARU was CEO of Appen Butler Hill, a linguistic technology solutions company.
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