Kit McConnell

IOC Sports Director

New Zealand

After graduating with a Master of Business Studies from Massey University in New Zealand, Kit joined the International Olympic Committee Sport Department in 1996 then moved to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Organising Committee in 1998 and 1999 as Manager, Sport Operations.

He re-joined the IOC as Manager, Sport Operations from 2000-2002, focusing on the delivery of sport at Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games. In 2003, Kit joined the International Rugby Board (IRB) and following the Rugby World Cup Tournament (RWC) 2003 headed the newly formed RWC Department. Since 2004 has been the Head of Rugby World Cup and RWC Tournament Director, overseeing Rugby World Cup Ltd's operational delivery of France 2007, New Zealand 2011 and is currently based in London focused on RWC 2015.

His team has also managed the tenders for the RWC 2011, RWC 2015 and RWC 2019 events, the delivery of RWC Sevens 2009 in Dubai and RWC Sevens 2013 in Russia and Women's RWCs in 2006 and 2010.