LONDON- London Wasps have today named Paul Harrison as their new Chief Executive Officer. Paul joins the Club on the 2nd November, following the departure of Tony Copsey, and takes up a dual CEO position for both London Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, with whom they share their Adams Park stadium.
Paul has enjoyed a long and successful career in the banking industry, rising from the ranks of tea boy to senior executive of Barclays Bank in 30 years with the company. He has particular experience in managing and leading businesses through periods of considerable change, something which will directly translate to both the rugby and football entities. During his career in the City, Paul was Managing Director of Barclays Treasury Products where he sat on the Corporate Banking Board, Managing Director of Barclays Electronic Banking and National Head of Mid Corporate Banking. More recently, Paul has acted as a business consultant, a mentor to newly qualified graduates and a Director of various start-ups.
A keen sportsman, Paul’s passion for sport started at an early age playing football and excelling in rugby – representing Wasps, Middlesex and London Counties as a second row forward during the mid 70′s to early 80′s. His allegiance to Wasps has continued from those muddy days at Sudbury, to Loftus Road and then to their present home at Adams Park.
On joining both London Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers, the newly appointed CEO said, “I am incredibly excited by the challenge of this new role. I come from a real sporting family so I know how much rugby and football means to people. I look forward to helping both clubs achieve their aims.”
London Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers Club Owner Steve Hayes added, “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Harrison as CEO to both London Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers. He is a man with a proven history in business management and he brings with him a great wealth of experience. Both Club’s have huge desire to succeed on and off the pitch this season and this appointment continues to fuel our long term ambitions.”
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