Exits after three years as MD

Petrie to leave Edinburgh for Ulster CEO role

Edinburgh Rugby’s managing director Jonny Petrie is to leave the club to take up a role with Ulster Rugby.

Jonny Petrie is leaving Edinburgh Rugby to become Ulster Rugby’s CEO (pic: SNS Group)


Managing director Jonny Petrie is leaving Edinburgh Rugby to take up a senior management role with Ulster Rugby.

The 42-year-old, who joined the Capital outfit in the summer of 2015, is to be Ulster’s new CEO and will take up the post by the start of 2019.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Edinburgh and am grateful for the opportunities and challenges it has presented me with,” he said.

“I’d like to wish Richard Cockerill, the players and coaches the best of luck for the future and I’d also like to recognise the huge amount of work that goes in behind the scenes to help move Edinburgh forward as a club, and to realise its potential within a great rugby city.

“I am enormously privileged to have been offered this role with Ulster Rugby and am looking forward to joining the club at such an interesting and exciting time for rugby at all levels across the Province.”

Scottish Rugby Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay, said: “Jonny can be proud of his achievements during his time with Scottish Rugby. He has helped to create a strong club identity which is proving more successful on and off the pitch. We wish Jonny the best of luck and he leaves with our thanks for all his efforts.”

Paul Terrington, chair of Ulster Rugby’s management committee, welcomed the appointment, saying: “We are delighted with the appointment of Jonny, who emerged as the top candidate in a thorough and competitive recruitment process.

“His experience and skill set will be a great asset to Ulster Rugby and we look forward to him taking the lead on our ambitious plans for the professional and domestic game.”

The former Glasgow and Scotland captain retired from rugby in 2007 before joining SSE in a Learning & Development role. He was subsequently appointed as Head of Sponsorship for SSE in 2009, then joined the Scottish Rugby Union as Senior Corporate Affairs & Commercial Operations Manager in 2014.

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