New CEO for Storm

Troubled NRL side Melbourne Storm have appointed Ron Gauci as their new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Gauci replaces Frank Stanton, who has been Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Storm since 22 April.

The Chairman of the Melbourne Storm, Stephen Rue, said Mr Gauci had the skills required to rebuild the club following the fallout from the salary cap breaches uncovered earlier this year by the National Rugby League.

“Ron has a strong track record of successfully managing organisations through a period of change,” Mr Rue said.

“He is also a passionate Victorian sports fan.

“His excellent leadership, management and strategic skills are just what the Storm needs to ensure we work effectively through the issues that currently confront us and build a strong and successful future.” 

Until recently, Mr Gauci was Managing Director and Vice President Australia and New Zealand for Verizon Business, a leading provider of global IT, security, and communication solutions.

Prior to joining Verizon, he was a lead partner in the financial services consulting practice for IBM GBS in Australia.

He has also held senior management and executive positions at Siebel Systems, Telstra Corporation, AAP Communications Services, AusMosys, Ferntree Computer Systems and Microsoft.

Mr Gauci said he was thrilled to be appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Storm.

“I don’t underestimate the enormity of the challenges we face but I do know we have fantastic foundations to build upon – a magnificent club culture and extraordinarily loyal and dedicated supporters,” Mr Gauci said.

“Our players, supporters and employees have shown remarkable resilience and great pride since April, and I will work hard to build on this foundation and win their ongoing support.”

Mr Gauci said his first priority was to work with management and the Board to ensure the Storm fielded a team next season that was under the salary cap.

“This will involve discussions with many people including Craig Bellamy, team management, the players, the NRL and the Board,” Mr Gauci said.

“The process is not as straightforward as many people think, but we are determined to find a solution as quickly as possible.”

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