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Key role for McMillan

Board appointment bolsters Scottish Rugby

David McMillanScottish Rugby has appointed Edinburgh businessman David McMillan to its board.

He has spent the last 15 years with insurance firm Aviva, rising to become chairman, global healthcare and CEO, Europe and India in 2013.

Mr McMillan (pictured) who will be an independent non-executive director, takes up his role on 1 March.

He said: “I am looking forward to contributing to the work already being done to develop the game in Scotland, support the national and professional teams and promote Scottish Rugby’s international reputation.”

A chartered management accountant, Mr McMillan, 51, has an MBA from the University of Chicago and began his career with Hewlett Packard before spending nine years in management consultancy at PwC.

The vacancy on the Scottish Rugby board arose following the appointment of Colin Grassie, an existing independent non-executive director, as Scottish Rugby’s new chairman in January 2017. He succeeded former FirstGroup CEO Sir Moir Lockhead who stepped down at the end of December after five years at the helm.

Mr Grassie said: “We are delighted to welcome David onto the Scottish Rugby board at this pivotal moment of the sport’s development in Scotland.

“We were looking for someone with international experience, strategic thinking and who obviously had a passion for the game. David is an outstanding candidate who meets all of these criteria.”

Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson added: “We have set ourselves an ambitious but achievable target of generating significant external investment to secure the future of our game in Scotland.

“It is therefore vital we have a strong board and council to help navigate the challenges ahead and provide the necessary guidance and support as we progress.

“David brings a wealth of experience to our board and I am very much looking forward to working with him.”

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