Petrie returns to BT Murrayfield to build on commercial success

Former Scotland and Glasgow Warriors captain Jon Petrie is to return to the stadium he graced as a player.

Petrie, who has carved a successful business career since he retired as a professional player in 2007, is joining Scottish Rugby in a new post as commercial operations manager.

Scottish Rugby’s Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, Dominic McKay said: “Jonny’s leadership skills were recognised by club and country as a formidable back-row forward.

“Since he retired as a player he has forged ahead in his business career and has been Head of Sponsorship for the energy company SSE for the last four years, playing a key role in their activities in the sports and entertainment markets.

“We believe Jonny with both his rugby and business experience will be a great asset to Scottish Rugby as we seek to drive more commercial revenues into the game at all levels throughout Scotland.”

Petrie said: “I’ve enjoyed the past seven years since I retired, proving myself away from rugby and building up commercial experience.

“Coming back home to BT Murrayfield now feels like the right thing to do though, and I’m very much looking forward to getting into the business, where there are clearly some exciting things already happening.”

Sponsorship boost

Petrie joins the governing body at a time of record sponsorship activity which culminated in last month’s “transformational” multi-million pounds deal with BT, which included naming rights for BT Murrayfield Stadium.

Petrie, who played club rugby for Dundee High School FP and Colomiers in France, before joining the pro-ranks with Glasgow, won 45 caps for Scotland and scored three tries between 2000 and 2006.

He captained Scotland to victory against Romania in Frank Hadden’s first capped match as Scotland coach in 2005, having earlier led Scotland to their first win against the Barbarians at Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen.