London Irish president believes new CEO Brian Facer can help the Exiles to ‘realise its full potential’
Mick Crossan (pictured) says that Brian Facer, who will take up the role in November and brings a wealth of experience from his 11 years at Northampton Saints, was the unanimous choice of the Irish board.
He joined Northampton Saints in 2006 as sales and marketing manager before being promoted to head of commercial operations in 2012 then to his current role as commercial director in 2014.
He also played a substantial role in the success of the club as a powerhouse of English rugby, maximising Saints’ commercial potential off the field while the club moved from relegation in 2007 to 2014 Aviva Premiership champions on the field.
“This is an exciting time for London Irish with our return to the Aviva Premiership and we feel that Brian is the right person to lead the club as chief executive as we look to progress both on the field and commercially,” said Crossan.
“We were able to choose from some exceptional candidates for this role and Brian’s depth of experience in sport made him the clear choice for the position.
“Not only does Brian have the considerable commercial experience required to take the Exiles brand from strength to strength, he also understands how important our supporters are to everyone at the club and the importance of the history of the club.”