Andrew Abdo appointed NRL chief executive

The Australian Rugby League Commission has appointed Andrew Abdo as the NRL’s new chief executive.

Abdo, who was appointed interim chief executive in April, joined the NRL in 2013 and most recently served as chief commercial officer.

Abdo said: “It’s an honour to be appointed CEO of the NRL. I want to thank the Commission for their support and setting the strategic direction to lead the game through the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In particular, I want to thank Peter (V’landys, ARLC chair) for his leadership and guidance. I’ve learnt so much from him and will continue to. The game is very lucky to have Peter as our chairman.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Commission and all of our shareholders on creating a new era for rugby league where we think differently.

“We must stabilise, renovate and grow. In the short term we need to reset our cost base and ensure we retain our revenues. Then we must think innovatively about enhancing our game and ultimately seeking long term growth.”

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