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Gillon McLachlan

With a sporting background in polo and Aussie Rules, Gillon McLachlan is the most powerful man in the AFL being appointed as the CEO.

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Gillon McLachlan's Biography

Gillon McLachlan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League.

He has worked for the AFL since 2000, initially as a consultant in strategic planning and in November, 2003, was appointed General Manager, Commercial Operations.

He subsequently assumed additional responsibilities for broadcasting and major projects in 2006 and in 2008, 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 raisingthe 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.

He and his wife Laura have 3 children.

Football background:

  • Elected as a Life Member of University Blues Football Club in 2003
  • Played for the University Blues Football Club in the VAFA competition
  • Club Captain for 3 years
  • Represented Victoria and captained the state.
  • Played 240 games of amateur and country football
  • On supplementary list at Carlton for about 6 months : October -  March (1996-97)