Appointments round-up: Premiership Rugby, LaLiga and more

Andrew Higginson has been appointed chairman of Premiership Rugby as part of a revised governance structure for the organisation.

Higginson will chair a new board of directors that has been established by Premiership Rugby to oversee its financial growth and development. The new board follows investment in Premiership Rugby by CVC Capital Partners.

Higginson currently serves as chairman of Morrison Supermarkets and has previously worked for Tesco and Sky. He also served as an independent non-executive director of England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) between 2011 and 2016.

Javier Tebas has been re-elected as chairman of LaLiga, which governs the top two divisions of Spanish football.

Tebas (pictured) has held the role since 2013 and his previous term had been due to expire in October. He opted to bring forward the re-election process as LaLiga prepares to launch new tenders for broadcast rights.

Tebas’ new term will run for four years.

Nigel Wray has retired from his position as chairman of Premiership rugby club Saracens.

Edward Griffiths will serve as interim chief executive of the club for the next 12 months and a new independent chairman will be appointed imminently. Mitesh Vilani will assume a consultancy position at the club and continue to serve on the Saracens board.

Wray became an investor in Saracens in 1995 and his retirement comes after the club was last November deducted 35 points and fined £5.36m following breaches of its salary cap rules.

Saburo Kawabuchi, executive advisor to the Japan Football Association, has been named Mayor of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Village.

Tokyo 2020 has also appointed Haruki Uemura, president of Japan’s Kodokan Judo Institute, as Deputy Village Mayor. Kawabuchi and Uemura will be responsible for attending to VIPs, as well as liaising and exchanging information with athletes, team representatives and officials of national Olympic committees.

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