RFU appoint World Cup CEO
The Rugby Football Union have appointed Paul Vaughan as chief executive of England Rugby 2015.
Vaughan's position with the tournament organising company that will deliver the 2015 World Cup in England begins on January 4 next year.
For the past 10 years Vaughan has been the RFU's business operations director, during which time he grew commercial revenues from £43million to £119million. He will perform both roles until the RFU decide how he will be replaced next year.
Martyn Thomas, chairman of England Rugby 2015 and chairman of the RFU board, said: "We cast the net wide and saw some impressive and highly experienced candidates.
"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."
Vaughan is the first appointment to the executive leadership team.