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Lewis to be new Wimbledon chief exec

ESPN staff
April 10, 2012
RFL Chairman Richard Lewis will leave to become Wimbledon Chief Executive at the end of April © Getty Images

The Rugby Football League has confirmed that its Chairman Richard Lewis will leave the governing body to take on the role of Chief Executive of Wimbledon.

Lewis, who has been at the helm of the RFL for the past 10 years, will leave at the end of April to assume his new role at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

In a statement released by the RFL, Lewis said: "I leave the RFL after 10 fulfilling years during which the sport has grown and prospered. I am extremely grateful to all the colleagues with whom I have had the privilege to work.

"Rugby League is a wonderful sport full of great people in both the professional and community games. I have enjoyed tremendous support during my tenure, from the Board, colleagues at the RFL and throughout the sport in general.

"I leave with a mixture of sadness but also excitement at taking up another wonderful opportunity."

Senior non-executive director Maurice Watkins CBE, currently on the board at Premier League football club Manchester United, will take over as Interim Chairman of the RFL.

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