Tom Harrison (cricketer)

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Tom Harrison
Born (1971-12-11) 11 December 1971 (age 51)
Education Oundle School, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Manchester
Occupation(s)Chief Executive Officer, (April 2023—Currently)
Employer Six Nations Rugby

Tom Harrison (born 11 December 1971) is a British former professional cricketer and sports executive. He played cricket with Northamptonshire and Derbyshire.


Harrison was the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive officer from January 2015 to May 2022. [1] His current position, as of April 2023, is as the CEO of Six Nations Rugby. [2] [3]

Early life and education

Harrison was born in England. He was raised in South Africa until fourteen, after which he attended Oundle School, [4] in Northamptonshire, followed by the University of Manchester.

Life and career

Harrison was Senior Vice President for the sports agency, IMG, where he managed the company's media business in the UK and Ireland. Prior to that, Harrison ran IMG's media business in the Indian sub-continent for two years. He was also responsible for IMG's global cricket business and for global media rights sales for Cricket Australia, Cricket South Africa and the Indian Premier League.

Harrison spent five years living in Asia, working with the pan-Asian broadcaster and leading investors in global cricket rights, ESPN STAR Sports where he was responsible for rights syndication across all sports rights. A former captain of Middlesex Premier League side, Teddington CC, Tom was previously ECB's Head of Marketing from 2003 to 2006. Harrison stepped down as CEO of the ECB in May 2022. [1] He was appointed in January 2023 as CEO of Six Nations Rugby and will begin his tenure in April 2023. [2] [3]

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  1. 1 2 Martin, Ali; Burnton, Simon (17 May 2022). "Tom Harrison steps down as ECB chief executive amid England overhaul". The Guardian . Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  2. 1 2 "Tom Harrison Appointed Six Nations Rugby CEO". Six Nations Rugby. 27 January 2023. Archived from the original on 1 September 2023. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  3. 1 2 Cameron, Ian (27 January 2023). "Six Nations Reveal Ben Morel's Replacement as CEO". RugbyPass. Archived from the original on 27 January 2023. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  4. Charles Randall (13 October 2014). "Club cricket has good reason to welcome Harrison to ECB post". Club Retrieved 17 November 2021.
Sporting positions
Preceded by England and Wales Cricket Board Chief Executive
Succeeded by
Clare Connor (interim)