Peter Wheeler, Chief Executive since the game went professional 15 years ago, is to become Rugby Director.
Using his experience and knowledge of the game, Peter will represent the Club on the rugby bodies and on other external rugby-related matters, contributing particularly to the development of the professional club game, and will continue to advise head coach Richard Cockerill. He will also focus on developing relationships with sponsors, corporate partners and other key organisations.
David Clayton remains in his role as Managing Director, responsible for the Club’s commercial and financial affairs.
Both Peter and David will continue to report to Executive Chairman, Peter Tom CBE who has been Chairman for the past 16 years and has overseen the transition from traditional members’ club during the amateur era to public listed company competing successfully in the modern professional game.
Commenting on the new management responsibilities, Peter Tom said: “These changes have been made in recognition of the rapid growth of the company and the club on and off the field, accelerated by the opening of the 10,000-seat Caterpillar Stand this season, the growing importance of sponsorship and corporate partnerships, and the continued global development of the professional game which has expanded rapidly in recent years.
"As a Club, we have always been at the forefront in terms of leading opinion and developing for the future. Our new management structure will allow us to play to our strengths: to maintain and enhance our leading role in the expanding world of rugby, to continue attracting supportive corporate partners, and to best equip the Club for the challenges of the new decade both on and off the pitch.”