England Rugby 2015, the tournament organizer of the Rugby World Cup 2015, has appointed Joanna Manning-Cooper as communications and marketing director.
The newly created position will be part of the England Rugby 2015 leadership team and will see Manning-Cooper take responsibility for ticketing and volunteering campaigns, promoting the tournament, and managing the England Rugby 2015 brand. She will also oversee implementation of the Rugby World Cup brand, media relations, the press office, and press operations.
Most recently, Manning-Cooper was head of PR and media at LOCOG for more than six years, where she was responsible for global PR and media activity to promote the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Before her work at LOCOG, she was director of global communications at the Financial Times.
Manning-Cooper starts in her new role next week. She will report directly to Debbie Jevans, chief executive of England Rugby 2015.
“We want Rugby World Cup 2015 in England to be the best World Cup ever,” said Jevans. “With less than 1,000 days to go to the tournament, we are strengthening our senior team, and [Manning-Cooper] has been appointed following a competitive recruitment process for this important new role within the [England Rugby 2015] leadership team.”
This article originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister publication of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.