Ritchie is new RFU chief
The Rugby Football Union have appointed Ian Ritchie as their new chief executive.
Ritchie will move to Twickenham after spending six years as chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
The RFU have been without a permanent chief executive since John Steele's departure in June, just nine months after he took office.
The RFU's chief financial officer Stephen Brown, who replaced Martyn Thomas as acting chief executive late last month, will continue in the role until Ritchie has served his notice at Wimbledon.
Ritchie will take over an organisation which has been in a state of managerial turmoil since Steele's sudden departure, when the board cited a loss of trust in his leadership. The fall-out from that episode was poisonous, damaging and expensive but Ritchie's appointment is the latest step towards English rugby curing itself of its ills.
The RFU recently posted record profits and Ritchie's task will be to maximise the impact of hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil.
"I am very proud to be taking up the role of chief executive at the RFU and am excited about the chance to further develop the potential that the RFU and the game offers," Ritchie said. "The opportunity to lead an organisation which I know has so many dedicated, talented people is one I relish.
"I believe English rugby has a very bright future, culminating in a once in a lifetime home World Cup in 2015.
"I am determined to help rugby create a legacy from the tournament that will benefit the sport for generations to come. The RFU has great commercial partners and a very sound financial base, underpinning the development of rugby union at grassroots and elite level.
"The decision to leave the AELTC was a difficult one. I have been fortunate to work for a wonderful organisation and am extremely proud of what it has achieved over the past few years. I know that Wimbledon will continue to go from strength to strength with its exceptional leadership and fantastic management and staff."