Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Roger Lewis, Welsh Rugby Union, Group Chief Executive of the Governing Body of Rugby Union in Wales

Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Roger Lewis, Welsh Rugby Union, Group Chief Executive of the Governing Body of Rugby Union in Wales

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MY BEST ... frequently involve people. When I was director of the classical division of EMI, I hired a grand marketer from Unilever. It was bold to bring someone from a blue-chip FMCG background into the record industry in 1990, which was pretty unsophisticated then. The resistance was huge - I never won over some diehards.

I'm also pleased I chose not to succumb to the excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle. I was in the company of many fantastic musicians: hanging out with Madonna in 1986 in New York, as well as spending time with Eric Clapton, Brian May, George Michael - the list goes on.

More recently, one of the best decisions I made was leaving my 30-year career in London and moving back to Wales. When I was offered the job as group chief exec at the WRU, my initial reaction was 'no way', because sport is such a crazy world to work in. In sport, uncertainty is fundamental, whereas in business one strives for certainty. I'm just starting my fifth year in the post and I'm only now coming to terms with it.

MY WORST ... are usually people-related too. A handful of times I have put people in senior positions who weren't ready for it. …

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