Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports

Gillon McLachlan
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Football League

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlanGillon McLachlan has worked for the AFL since 2000, initially as a consultant in strategic planning then, in November 2003, he was appointed General Manager, Commercial Operations.

Gillon subsequently assumed additional responsibilities for broadcasting and major projects in 2006 and in 2008. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2008 with responsibility for AFL broadcasting, digital media, fixturing, venue agreements and stadia infrastructure.

In December 2012 he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer on April 30, 2014 to succeed Andrew Demetriou.

Key outcomes in his various roles with the AFL have included the last AFL Media Rights Deal, still the largest in Australian Sports Rights History, the establishment of AFL Media, and the establishment of the two new clubs (including raising the funding for, and building their stadia).

He has a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University, a Bachelor of Commerce from Adelaide University and completed the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University.


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