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Six Nations names Hepworth as chief financial officer

Ed Hepworth has today (Wednesday) been appointed as the new chief financial officer of Six Nations Rugby.

Hepworth (pictured) joins Six Nations Rugby from the Engage Digital Partners agency, where he worked as finance and operations director. He is also a board trustee for Active Communities Network, a charity focused on sport for development.

Hepworth has over 20 years of experience in financial leadership roles and has previously spent over eight years with the NBA basketball league, for whom he worked in New York and London across various senior finance, strategy and operational roles.

Prior to joining the NBA, Hepworth worked as a management consultant/finance director for companies such as the Reuters news agency, supermarket chain Sainsburys, professional services firm PwC and British Airways.

Hepworth will succeed Thelma O’Driscoll as chief financial officer of Six Nations Rugby. O’Driscoll is joining the British & Irish Lions on a full-time basis.

Six Nations chief executive Ben Morel said: “I am delighted to welcome someone of Ed’s calibre to the Six Nations team and am looking forward to working with him again. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Thelma for her outstanding contribution over the last number of years at the Six Nations. We wish her every success with the British & Irish Lions.”

Hepworth added: “I am thrilled to be offered this opportunity with the Six Nations, an organisation I have always admired and respected. It’s an exciting time to be working in rugby and I look forward to joining the team soon.”

This year’s Six Nations was halted with four matches remaining following the Covid-19 outbreak. The competition is poised to receive a £300m (€336m/$368m) investment from private equity firm CVC Capital Partners but last month it was reported by the Financial Times newspaper that the deal has been delayed due to the pandemic.