Dominic McKay departure date confirmed as 16th April

Scottish Rugby's Chief Operating Officer will become Chief Executive of Celtic Football Club

Dominic McKay is leaving Scottish Rugby to become Chief Executive of Celtic Football Club. Image: © Craig Watson -
Dominic McKay is leaving Scottish Rugby to become Chief Executive of Celtic Football Club. Image: © Craig Watson -

DOMINIC MCKAY’S departure date from Scottish Rugby to take up the Chief Executive job at Celtic Football Club has been confirmed as Friday 16th April.

A statement issued by Scottish Rugby this morning said:

Further to the announcement issued on 29th January, Scottish Rugby can confirm Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Guinness Pro14 Dom McKay will be leaving the organisation on Friday 16 April following a successful handover of his duties and responsibilities.

Dom leaves to join Celtic F.C with everyone at Scottish Rugby’s best wishes for this new exciting chapter in his career.

A replacement Chief Operating Officer has not yet been appointed and it appears that McKay’s responsibilities will, for the time being at least, be taken over by various members of the senior management team at Murrayfield.

Toni Blackhurst (head of marketing and sponsorship), Nathan Bombrys (recently appointed head of international commercial projects), Claire Harkness (currently listed as head of stadium and events) and Shona Bell (head of people and internal communications, who recently became an executive director on Scottish Rugby’s Board) are among the obvious candidates to pick up some of the slack.

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McKay joined Scottish Rugby in January 2008,  at the age of 29, as Director of Communications and Public Affairs, having previously filled the same role at drinks giant Pernod Ricard.

He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2011, responsible for all Group Commercial, Sponsorship, Media, Marketing & Brand, Events, Ticketing, Retail, Business Services and Corporate Affairs, as well as the management of BT Murrayfield Stadium activity.

He also oversaw the activity of Scotland’s two professional teams, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby, was a Non Executive Director on the Guinness PRO14 Board, an Executive Board Director of Rugby Europe (European Rugby’s governing body) and a Non Executive Director of the Old Glory DC (the Major League Rugby team based in Washington DC, USA).

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