Cut­ters an­nounce new CEO

Fat­nowna is the new man at the helm

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Ai­dan Cure­ton

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Mackay Cut­ters an­nounced the ap­point­ment of a well-known lo­cal as their new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer last week.

Mau­rie Fat­nowna will com­mence in his new role with the club on the Jan­uary 9, 2019 re­plac­ing Troy Rovelli who re­signed from the club ear­lier this month to take on the CEO role with ri­val club Norths.

Bol­stered by a his­tory in both busi­ness and sport, Fat­nowna said he was ex­cited to com­bine his trade with pas­sion and looks con­fi­dently into the Cut­ters fu­ture.

“I played ju­nior foot­ball here in Mackay for Norths... played for the Mar­lins back in the day and have been in­volved with school­boy foot­ball for about 12 years now,” he said.

“Big in­volve­ment with Saint Patrick’s Col­lege and Mercy Col­lege and their foot­ball col­lege, de­vel­op­ing their foot­ball pro­grams.

“Things like Con­fra­ter­nity Shield which is the big­gest school­boys rugby league com­pe­ti­tion in the South­ern Hemi­sphere and we’re ex­cited to host it in 2021 in Mackay.”

With big shoes to fill in the wake of Rovelli, Fat­nowna said his ini­tia­tives will play off the pre-ex­ist­ing suc­cess.

“The board and my­self have mapped up a strong strate­gic plan for com­ing years,” he said.

“It’s im­por­tant that we con­sol­i­date the ex­cel­lent work Troy Rovelli has done in the last three years of his ten­ure. I think he’s done an ex­cel­lent job and left the club in a con­di­tion which is a credit to him and the board.

“So our goal mov­ing for­ward is that we only strengthen that.”

As a lo­cal, the new CEO un­der­stands the im­por­tance the QRL team brings to the Mackay com­mu­nity.

“Our at­ten­dance for last sea­son’s In­trust Su­per Cup was the sec­ond high­est in the comp,” he said.

“Although our po­si­tion wasn’t some­thing we ex­pected, I think our turnout shows how ap­pre­ci­ated we are and next sea­son we’ll let the pub­lic know we do ap­pre­ci­ate them com­ing out to watch us play foot­ball.”

Ini­tially, Fat­nowna will fo­cus on build­ing re­la­tion­ships with spon­sors and com­mu­nity be­fore con­sid­er­ing any changes.

Chair­man Steve Dow­den said the club was in a strong po­si­tion to take on the next phase of its de­vel­op­ment with Mau­rie at the helm.

“We’ve been very for­tu­nate to have Troy at the club for the last three years – he has been an out­stand­ing CEO and he’s re­ally moved our club into a new di­men­sion. We’re de­lighted to have se­cured some­one of Mau­rie’s stand­ing to take over as CEO. He’s highly re­garded in the Mackay com­mu­nity and he comes to the Cut­ters with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in not only the game of rugby league but in busi­ness it­self.”

As a former man­ager for Shell, Fat­nowna han­dled an $85 mil­lion as­set, multi-mil­lion dol­lar bud­get and staff, ex­pe­ri­ence which he said helped him com­fort­ably trans­fer to the re­quire­ments of the role.

Rovelli will re­main in his role as CEO un­til early Jan­uary.

PHOTO: EMMA MUR­RAY

NEW ROLE: Mackay Cut­ters’ in­com­ing CEO Mau­rie Fat­nowna at BB Print Sta­dium.

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