The Melbourne Rebels have announced the promotion of Baden Stephenson to the role of chief executive officer (CEO), with immediate effect.
Stephenson will assume the responsibility of the day-to-day management of the club, including recruitment and operations.
Cox said that Stephenson’s experience made him the ideal candidate for the role.
“Baden was integral to establishing a stable football department after the club’s initial seasons were plagued by significant turnover of players, coaches and administrators so his experience and knowledge of Victorian rugby will be key to our future,” Cox said.
“After the most challenging year in which the club’s future was negligently brought into question, Baden will be responsible for consolidating our operations and lead the Melbourne Rebels into a new successful era.”
Stephenson joined the Melbourne Rebels in 2014 as the club’s General Manager Football Operations, where he brought much-needed stability on and off the field.
A strong relationship with grassroots through the Dewar Shield Ambassador program, which sees all contracted players aligned with local clubs, and consecutive club record seasons in 2015 and 2016 has provided a solid foundation for the Rebels.
A graduate of the University of Canberra, Stephenson has a long history in Rugby, as a representative player, coach and administrator with 20 years of full-time Rugby employment in Australia and Japan. He has vast experience and very strong working relationships across club rugby, Super rugby franchises, ARU and SANZAAR.
Stephenson spent four years as Executive General Manager at Sydney University Rugby Club, where he was responsible for managing and overseeing all elements of the highly successful SUFC business and Rugby program prior to joining the Rebels.
“I am really humbled by the opportunity and see the appointment as a huge honour” Stephenson said.
“While there is plenty of hard work ahead, the Club has some great people and foundations in place and I really look forward to leading the Club into the future.”