Saracens chief executive Lucy Wray to step down

Lucy Wray will leave the Saracens role after four years
Lucy Wray will leave the Saracens role after four years as chief executive
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Saracens have confirmed that chief executive Lucy Wray will be stepping down from the role at the end of January.

Lucy Wray took over the role from her father Nigel in 2020 when the club faced relegation and a fine for a series of salary cap breaches. Edward Griffiths took over the role on an interim basis from Nigel before Lucy Wray was appointed the full-time chief executive.

During her tenure, the club registered a victory in the Championship campaign that saw them return back to the Premiership and also clinched the title in the top tier competition last month when they defeated Sale Sharks in the final at Twickenham Stadium.

“Now is the right time for a new adventure and to put myself and my family first albeit this has been a hugely difficult decision to make. I have been so honoured to be responsible for this incredible club," she told in a statement released by the club.

"I have always felt that Saracens really belongs to the fans and the people who care so deeply for it. I have grown up with Saracens as part of me and I will never stop wanting the club to thrive.

"Thank you to all our staff and players of all three teams – I hope you know how much you all mean to me. I will always be a fan.”

Former Burnley chief operating officer Mark Thompson will take over the role from Lucy Wray.

“We understand Lucy’s decision and wish her the best for the future," said Saracens chairman Golding.

"I would like to warmly welcome Mark Thompson as our new CEO. Mark was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Burnley Football Club with considerable leadership responsibilities.

"Mark has tremendous experience in revenue creation, media and marketing, value creation and industry innovation.”