Kenny Baillie, the former Chief Executive of Glasgow Warriors, has been appointed as the new CEO of London Scottish International Ltd.
The 37-year-old Scot will take up his position on the 1st March 2013 and is tasked with heading up the rugby club’s plans to develop its position in the RFU Championship.
Speaking about his appointment, Baillie said, “Many great players have worn the London Scottish jersey with distinction and it is a privilege and an honour to take over as CEO at this important time in the Club’s history.”
“London Scottish is known throughout the world of rugby and I am looking forward to working with the Board, the management team, the coaches, the players and everyone who supports London Scottish to help the Club reach its potential.”
“On a personal note, as a Scot living in London who is passionate about rugby, I believe London Scottish plays an important role within the wider rugby community and I am delighted to have the chance to play a major role in growing the Club. I firmly believe London Scottish can continue to provide Scottish-qualified players for all Scotland’s representative teams while developing rugby in the local Richmond community and the south of England generally.”
Baillie, a former Scotland Under 21 and senior Glasgow District player, was the youngest CEO in British and European rugby when he was appointed CEO of Glasgow Warriors. During his tenure he oversaw the professional team reaching the inaugural Magners League play-offs in 2010 and played a key role in the relocation of the club from Firhill Stadium to its new state-of-the art facilities at Scotstoun Stadium.
For the last 12 months, Baillie has been working in retail marketing and sponsorship where his clients have been major blue chip companies and he previously had a successful career in IT both in the UK and USA.
Sir David Reid, Chairman of London Scottish, said, “We are delighted to have Kenny on board to see us through the next phase in the club’s development. He brings a wealth of relevant experience and great personal energy. We look forward to him delivering the same impact at London Scottish that he achieved in his very successful time at Glasgow.”
Baillie succeeds Tony Copsey, who takes up the CEO role at London Welsh on 1st January 2013. London Scottish Club President Rod Lynch will take the reins as Interim CEO until Kenny takes over on 1st March.