The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) has today (Tuesday) announced that Richard Lewis will step down as chief executive following next year’s edition of the Wimbledon Championships.
In a process of planned succession to follow the handover of the role of AELTC chairman from Philip Brook to Ian Hewitt, Lewis will continue as chief executive until a date to be agreed following the appointment of a successor. The search process for the new chief executive will be conducted by executive search firm SRI.
Lewis, a former professional tennis player, joined the AELTC as chief executive ahead of the 2012 Championships, having been executive chairman of the Rugby Football League (RFL) since 2002, and chair of Sport England since 2009.
Lewis said: “I am extremely proud to have worked with the Committee and a highly talented executive team, to deliver several significant milestones during my tenure, including the enhancement of the grass court season, a 160-per-cent increase in player prize money, the development and implementation of the Wimbledon Master Plan and the completion of the No.1 Court Project alongside a variety of other enhancements to the Grounds and our facilities, the acquisition of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club, valuable support to the local community through the creation of the Wimbledon Foundation, and the measured growth and professionalisation of our organisation to what I believe is one of the finest in the world of sport.
“Given the election of a new chairman in Ian Hewitt, and the development of the next AELTC Master Plan for the full breadth of the Grounds, it is the perfect time for me to step down as chief executive and hand over the reins to a new individual to take the Club and the Championships into this next phase of its history, whilst I look forward to spending more time in Yorkshire.”