Cutters announce new CEO
Fatnowna is the new man at the helm
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.
NEW ROLE: Mackay Cutters’ incoming CEO Maurie Fatnowna at BB Print Stadium.