More than 100 applications were received for the position, Mr Moffett beating off four other top-class candidates on the final shortlist of five."I am delighted that we have uncovered such a dynamic andexperienced man to take on the vital new role of Group Chief Executive at the Welsh Rugby Union," said Glanmor Griffiths, chairman of the WRU general committee. "We pledged to our clubs in the wake of the EGM earlier thisyear, when big changes were made to the constitution of our game, that we would find the right man to lead Welsh rugby into a new age both on and off the field.""In David, who has held significant, high-ranking sporting posts inAustralia, New Zealand and England, we have a man with great management skill and experience."
The Group Chief Executive is the key appointment within the WRU Groupof Companies. When the re-organisation of the Union is completed next summer, he will be one of the 18 members of the Board of the WRU Ltd and also a member of the Board of Directors of Millennium Stadium plc. The Group Chief Executive will also chair a new six-man WRU ExecutiveBoard which will oversee the day-to-day running of the Union's business.
The other members of the Executive Board will be the WRU Secretary, Group FinanceDirector, Group Marketing Director, the Director of Rugby and the Millennium
Stadium Chief Executive Officer.BACKGROUND: DAVID MOFFETT
After leaving school he worked in a range of positions before owning and selling Pacific Waste Management, one of Sydney's largest commercial andindustrial waste management companies.
In 1992, David turned his strong business background to sportingadministration and became involved in periods of landmark change in both rugby union and rugby league.
He became executive director of the New South Wales Rugby Union in1992, when he found himself saddled with A$6m debt. By the time he moved on three years later, when he became the chief executive of South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby (SANZAR), the NSWRU was debt free.
While at SANZAR, David negotiated international television contractsand supervised the establishment of the Super 12 competition.In 1996, he became the first 'non-Kiwi' to be appointed chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union, helping to guide the body from its amateur status to be among New Zealand's top 200 companies.
David crossed the Tasman once more in November, 1999 when he took upthe post of chief executive of the National Rugby League of Australia.Once again, he entered a new role at callenging times as the game in Australia moved towards a 14-team competition. In his two-year tenure he negotiated long-term sponsorship and television rights which provided the financial stability for the code. He also highlighted the need for major structural change in the game's administration.
In January of this year (2002) he joined Sport England as its chiefexecutive with a brief to modernise England's leading sportsdevelopment agency. He announced earlier this month he was stepping down from that post having been responsible for driving through a modernisation plan.
Married to Lauren, and with two children, Graeme and Kirsten, Davidhas a strong sporting background. He has played rugby union, cricket, football, hockey, tennis, squash and golf at a competitive level and remains actively involved in cycling, hiking and walking.