Six Nations Rugby has announced Julie Paterson as the new director of rugby.
Her appointment follows after the board made recent appointments of CFO, CMO and CCO as they aim to take the Northern Hemisphere competition to the next level in the global market.
Paterson joined Welsh Rugby Union in 1989 and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2006. She is also the chair of the Rugby Management Board in Wales and a member of the Professional Rugby Board.
“It has been an honour to work in Welsh rugby. I am immensely proud of my time at the union but am hugely excited by the challenges and opportunity presented by this new role," she said.
"The Six Nations is unique and I very much look forward to playing my part in ensuring that as a collective we continue to move rugby forward and go from strength to strength.”
Six Nations CEO Ben Morel is confident that Paterson's experience with the WRU will help in boosting the global value of the competition.
“I am thrilled to announce that Julie has agreed to join the Six Nations Team. Her knowledge of Rugby is vast, and her expertise will be a fantastic asset for our organisation.
"She will be a valued addition to our existing leadership team, and I am looking forward to working with her on the development of our sport”.