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Ian Robson appointed as new CEO of Rowing Australia

“Ian brings a depth and diversity of sports leadership experience that will help us develop Rowing at all levels,” RA Chairman Rob Scott

“I am honoured to take on this role and excited about the opportunities for Australian Rowing both internationally and at a local level,” Ian Robson

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Robson as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Ian Robson has over 25 year’s sports leadership experience. Prior roles include CEO of Melbourne Victory, CEO of Hawthorn and Essendon AFL clubs, CEO of the Auckland Warriors and CEO of SportsScotland where he was responsible for the development of Scotland’s national strategy of sport including high performance, fund raising and participation.

Mr Robson completed an Economics degree at Monash University in Melbourne before becoming qualified as a Chartered Accountant. His commercial acumen has been evident in his CEO roles where he has delivered significant growth in membership and new revenues and led major infrastructure developments.

Mr Robson has significant experience in high performance sport in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom at the elite level including nurturing elite pathway development programs.

Rowing Australia Chairman, Rob Scott, said of the appointment: “Ian has an excellent reputation in sports leadership having held a number of CEO roles in different sporting codes and countries. He has a strong understanding of high performance and brings exceptional commercial and stakeholder management skills that will be important for the future of Rowing in Australia.

“We undertook an extensive international search for the CEO role and we are delighted to attract an executive of Ian’s calibre. Our detailed due diligence and referencing reinforced why Ian has a strong reputation in sports leadership and is respected by his teams, athletes and other stakeholders for his passion, capability and integrity.”

Mr Robson said, “I am honoured to take on the role of CEO of one of Australia’s most successful international sports with great potential.  I am looking forward to supporting our rowers in the new High Performance Training Centres in Penrith and Canberra with their preparations in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I have a passion for high performance and team sports and Rowing presents a perfect combination of both.  I am also excited by the Board’s vision to grow participation and develop broader commercial opportunities for our sport and rowers.  Rowing is a sport for all ages and backgrounds including para rowing, coastal rowing and indoor rowing.”

Mr Robson will start with Rowing Australia in January 2018.