Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed that Ian Flanagan is to become the new CEO of Munster Rugby, taking up his duties next month.

Flanagan was born, reared and educated in Cork but has spent the best part of his career working in Football in England, including as Commercial Director of Leicester City when they stunned the sporting world by winning the English Premiership in 2016.

Most recently he has been Global Head of Football with the Treble Group, a company where he previously served as European Managing Director.

The areas of speciality which that group focuses on, in sponsorship, activation, experiential, commercial and all the way through to supporters club relationship management makes him a perfect fit for Munster.

We have been connected with him on Social Media for a number of years and he is an intelligent commentator on the Business of Sport.

“As a proud Cork man I have always been a supporter, and felt a strong connection with Munster Rugby,” said Flanagan on the announcement of his appointment.

“I understand that it’s a unique club with a very special history and place in the hearts of Munster people.”

“It is an absolute honour to come back home to Munster to take on the challenge of leading the province forward. I have worked with many world-class sports organisations throughout my career, and I hope to bring that experience to help Munster move forward to even greater success.”

He will take over next month from Philip Quinn who stepped up as Commercial Director to fill the role of CEO on an interim basis.

“I want to pay tribute to my predecessor Garrett Fitzgerald and to Philip Quinn,” added Flanagan.

“Thanks to them, all the fundamentals are in place. Munster Rugby has a world-class coaching team, an exciting squad of players, fantastic facilities and a flourishing grassroots game at club and schools level.”

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to help drive continued success on and off the pitch.”

“We were extremely pleased with the quality of the applicants for the CEO position, and we are delighted that Ian will take up the position in October,” said Gerry O’Shea, Chairman of the Munster Rugby Board.

“Ian brings huge experience from across sport and has a proven track record of delivering at the very top level. We’re very much looking forward to working with him as we continue to pursue our strategic objectives for the province.”

“The IRFU are pleased to welcome Ian to the rugby family,” said IRFU CEO Philip Browne.

“Strong and growing provincial teams and branches are vital to the long-term development of rugby from grassroots level to provincial senior teams, and beyond. We look forward to working with Ian in the months and years ahead.”

The Cork Sports Leadership Group arising out of the Sport for Business breakfast we hosted with the Leading Sport Agency in Cork earlier this year will meet again in the city on October 1st.  We are planning the next engagement with the sporting and business community of Galway and also preparing to kicj=k off a similar group in Belfast at the end of November.

Image Credits: Ian Flanagan