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Rugby World Cup 2015 gets new 'Olympic' CEO

Rugby World Cup 2015 will be as organised as the Olympics

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Article Published: Wednesday 5 September 2012

Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers have announced that Debbie Jevans will become the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of England Rugby 2015 from next month.

Jevans is currently Director of Sport at The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

ER 2015 Chairman Andy Cosslett said, "This is an exciting appointment for ER 2015. Debbie is hugely respected across sport and rugby will benefit from her experience in leading large teams to deliver major sporting events to a global audience.

"Armed with this knowledge and pedigree across many facets of multi sport events we are delighted Debbie has decided to join us. Her London Olympic and Paralympic Games’ experience will be vital as we look forward to hosting the Rugby World Cup.”

ER 2015 Board Member and RFU CEO Ian Ritchie said, "Debbie is acknowledged as one of the architects of the London 2012 Olympics, which has clearly been a massive success. Her proven track record in delivering multiple events at multiple venues, driving innovation and enhancing the fan experience, along with exceptional relationships with key stakeholders, makes her the perfect fit.”

Debbie Jevans said, "I have spent the last decade planning and delivering the world’s two largest sporting events. This has been an extraordinary journey and I am looking forward to putting my experience and expertise in to delivering an exceptional Rugby World Cup in 2015. As a passionate sports fan the next decade is a great one for the UK and we have an amazing opportunity to bring rugby and the values of sport to more fans across the country than ever before.

I look forward to starting my new role next month. In the meantime my focus is on continuing to deliver a great Paralympic Games.”

Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) and the International Rugby Board have expressed their gratitude to Paul Vaughan after England Rugby 2015 today confirmed that he had stepped down from his post as Chief Executive of the England 2015 organising body making way for Jevans.

RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "On behalf of RWCL and the IRB I would like to thank Paul Vaughan for his strong contribution to developing the early foundations for the successful delivery of Rugby World Cup 2015 in England."

"Paul leaves with tournament preparations on schedule and advancing well. RWCL continues to enjoy a strong working partnership with England Rugby 2015 and the RFU and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to deliver an exceptional tournament of which England and the global Rugby family will be proud."

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