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RugbyPass appoints global CEO to fuel growth plans

Neil Martin has been appointed as global chief executive of OTT streaming service RugbyPass following its recent takeover by pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand.

Neil Martin comes to the role having previously worked at Sky in the UK, along with Middle Eastern pay-television operator OSN and Malaysian pay-television broadcaster Astro.

Tim Martin, the founder of RugbyPass, has been appointed executive chairman. The appointment follows Sky’s purchase of RugbyPass in August, and in his new role Tim Martin will provide leadership and direction to the board, including supporting the development of the RugbyPass vision and strategy for future growth. He will also have a key role in business development.

Tim Martin said: “Over the last few years, the team has done a great job laying the foundations for what is becoming a very exciting business. We’re now ready to take that next step up, and we need the highest quality of personnel to do that – Neil certainly fits the bill. I’m very pleased to have him leading the business into this next phase of its life.”

Neil Martin will establish RugbyPass’ European headquarters, to complement the existing offices in Dublin, Singapore and Auckland. The new roles for the pair are effective from today (Tuesday).

Neil Martin said: “RugbyPass has established itself as an important player in the sport streaming world, including as the rights-holder for Sanzaar in 62 countries across Asia and Europe.

“Its media channels reach over 40 million people a month, and it has the ability to reach rugby fans in markets that are not currently well-served with rugby content. I’m excited at the opportunity to develop and implement an ambitious growth plan for more markets, leveraging Sky’s capabilities to provide high quality and engaging rugby content.”

A recent interview with Tim Martin on RugbyPass’ international growth plans can be found here.