Wimbledon Confirm New Chief Executive
By iSportconnect | April 10, 2012
Rugby League chairman Richard Lewis has been announced as the new chief executive of Wimbledon, when he is due to start his new role at the start of next month.
The former tennis pro will replace Ian Ritchie, who left Wimbledon this year to run the English rugby union’s governing body.
Lewis played for Britain in the Davis Cup from 1977-83, and reached No. 68 in the world rankings.
‘I leave with a mixture of sadness but also excitement at taking up another wonderful opportunity,’ said Lewis.
Lewis will continue in his position of chair of Sport England, a role he took up on a part-time basis when switching from the post of executive chairman of the RFL three years ago.
Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Club, said: ‘We had a very strong field of candidates and in Richard Lewis we have the person with the right blend of sporting background and management skill and experience to ensure that the All England Club and The Championships continue to go from strength to strength.’
Lewis added: ‘As a former tennis professional, the prospect of helping shape the future of the Club and the premier tennis tournament in the world is one to be relished.
‘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. I shall enjoy continuing my role at Sport England albeit with less time commitment.’