The Brumbies have unveiled Michael Thomson as the franchise’s new CEO, after six months of searching.
Thomson has been around the Brumbies environment, previously serving as general manager of the franchise, most recently working at the Australian Sports Commission.
The new boss takes over from interim CEO Phil Thomson, who helped oversee the workings of the club through its search.
Michael Thomson said he wanted to help usher the Brumbies into a new era, set to take over the role in Januayr 2017.
“The Brumbies have a fantastic tradition of more than 20 years which is important to recognise,” Michael Thomson said. “I am excited about the opportunity and welcome the challenge to lead the organisation into the future.
“As a Canberran, born and raised, I like many from this region have a great affinity with the Brumbies, and the sport of rugby union. This is an organisation that is bigger than the sport and must continue to truly represent Canberra and the wider region, both nationally and internationally.
“I re-join the Brumbies at a time of change, including the departure of some experienced players. Change also brings opportunity. A new generation of players has the chance to not only carry on the Brumbies tradition, but create a history of their own.- MIchael Thomson
“I thank and congratulate Phil Thomson for the superb job he has done as interim CEO. I look forward starting in the role in the new year and continuing to grow the club and make our supporters and Canberra proud.”
Brumbies chairman Robert Kennedy said bringing someone with an understanding of Canberra and the world pleased them.
“The application process attracted a highly competitive field and, in announcing Michael Thomson as the preferred candidate, the Board are pleased to not only get a CEO with international commercial and sports high performance experience, but also a resident of Canberra with a deep passion and knowledge of rugby locally and nationally,” Kennedy said.
“Michael will commence the role in January and receive a hand over from Phil Thomson. He will oversee the process for the appointment of a new General Manager Professional Rugby and Pathways and commence the search for a new coach for 2018.
“On behalf of everyone connected with Brumbies Rugby I would like to offer a huge thank you to Phil Thomson for righting the ship over the past seven months. The Brumbies rugby community have been extremely fortunate to have Phil in the role during this time.