Andy Cosslett appointed as Rugby Football Union chairman
Andy Cosslett has been elected as the Rugby Football Union's new chairman.
The RFU announcement came following a meeting of the RFU Council on Friday.
Cosslett, who replaces recently-appointed World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont, will take up the position with immediate effect.
Cosslett, 61, previously held an independent non-executive director role on the RFU board and oversaw the delivery of the biggest Rugby World Cup in history as chairman of England Rugby 2015.
His 30-year global business experience has seen him hold chief executive roles at Fitness First and InterContinental Hotels Group. He also spent 14 years with Cadbury Schweppes in a variety of senior positions.
Cosslett said: " I am delighted to be appointed chair of the RFU board. It is a privilege to be involved with this game that has given me so much throughout my life.
"My role is to make sure we have strong governance in the Union, and ensure that we make the most of all the resources we have at our disposal in this country for the good of the game."
RFU Council members, meanwhile, have approved proposals for a new women's domestic club competition, backed and run by the RFU, which will replace the existing Women's Premiership from next season.