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Wentworth Club announces new Chief Executive

Story published at 17:22, Thursday, July 30th, 2015


Stephen Gibson (left) and Julian Small

Stephen Gibson (left) and Julian Small

Wentworth Club today announced the appointment of Stephen Gibson as Chief Executive. Stephen succeeds current Chief Executive Julian Small, who will leave the Club on 4th September 2015.

Dr. Chanchai Ruayrungruang, Chairman of Wentworth Club, commented, “Julian decided earlier this year to step down after almost twenty years at Wentworth Club. I would like to thank Julian for the continuous hard work and dedicated service he has shown to the Club and for the professionalism he has shown whilst working for Reignwood Group. I wish Julian every success and happiness in the future both professionally and personally. We have invited him to be an honorary member of the Club and he will remain as an advisor to Reignwood.”

Dr Chanchai has confirmed the appointment of Stephen Gibson as new Chief Executive of Wentworth Club. Stephen brings over twenty years’ experience in the golf industry to the role and has proven himself to be a leader having worked at Wentworth Club as Director of Golf for the past eight years.

Dr Chanchai stated, “After thorough and careful consideration and to ensure continuity in the management team, I am delighted to appoint Stephen. He has a thorough understanding of the needs of Wentworth Club and is looking forward to guiding its future development under the ownership of Reignwood Group.”

Stephen Gibson commented, “I am honoured to have been asked by Dr Chanchai Ruayrungruang to become Chief Executive of Wentworth Club. I look forward to leading such a prestigious and historic Club into its next exciting chapter.”

Julian Small said of his time at the Club, “It has been a privilege to have been Chief Executive of Wentworth Club, but I think the time is right to take on a new challenge. Over the years I have been fortunate to have enjoyed the help and support of so many people. From Elliott Bernerd and Willy Bauer, Richard Caring and in recent times Dr Chanchai Ruayrungruang and Songhua Ni of the Reignwood Group, George O’Grady and his team at the European Tour, the various Club Captains and numerous members and the fantastic team who have worked with me at the Club. I would like to thank each and every one of them. I leave with a host of happy memories and wish Stephen Gibson, the Reignwood Group and everyone at Wentworth success in the future.”

Wentworth Club www.wentworthclub.com

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