Queensland Rugby League chairman Bruce Hatcher has today confirmed the appointment of Rohan Sawyer as chief executive officer of QRL.
Sawyer, who has worked with the QRL since his appointment as chief operating officer in 2018, will now transition into the CEO role with Robert Moore to formally wrap up his duties in October.
Hatcher said Sawyer had demonstrated significant achievements during his time at the QRL and was heavily invested in the future success of the organisation.
“Rohan has done an outstanding job while in his role as chief operating officer,” Hatcher said.
“It is a feather in the cap of our organisation to be able to promote from within and on merit, as it will only help the QRL maintain momentum moving forward.
“Rohan is a true sports administrator and business leader who has strong relationships across the broader community, state and national rugby league bodies.
“Additionally, he offers a deep understanding of the administration of rugby league, the National Rugby League and the Australian Rugby League Commission, funding to members and the role of the Rugby League Players Association.”
Today’s appointment follows an extensive independent process, with the QRL receiving applications from a range of backgrounds and experiences across sport, government agencies and those who had previously worked or played in the game.
Hatcher said Sawyer’s background and recent achievements made him a standout applicant.
Prior to joining the QRL, Sawyer led a full-service sports marketing and events agency in his role as managing partner at Event Sports and Entertainment.
Sawyer was the head of commercial and marketing for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, where he guided teams across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
He also previously worked with the Australian Turf Club, as the head of commercial and marketing.
Sawyer currently leads a team of 25 staff across commercial, statewide competitions and performance and pathways work streams and he is passionate about all sectors of the game in Queensland.
His key responsibilities in his current role include strategy development and delivery of programs in partnerships, membership, licensing, marketing and brand, digital and broadcast, as well as statewide competitions and representative football programs.
“I am humbled and excited to be given this opportunity by the QRL Board,” Sawyer said.
“We’ve got great people here at the QRL, and everyone has contributed to where we are today.
“In particular, I’d like to make special mention of Rob Moore, who is the walking encyclopedia of rugby league.
“The QRL is in a position of strength because of his leadership over the past 10 years. It has been a privilege to learn from him.”
Sawyer is excited about the future of the game in Queensland.
“I think we can all take immense pride and satisfaction from a number of recent projects, including the launch of the QRL Female Strategy and the success of the BHP Premiership,” Sawyer said.
“Off the field, we’ve been able to significantly increase our own sourced revenue by securing long term partnerships with leading brands including Auswide Bank, PUMA and Shell.
“These relationships ultimately allow us to invest further in our competitions and pathways for all participants to enjoy the game across the state.”