USA Rugby

September 13, 2012 07:03 ET

USA Rugby Appoints Pam Kosanke as Chief Marketing Officer

Award Winning Leo Burnett VP and USA Women's National Rugby Player to Lead USA Rugby to 2016 Olympic Games and Beyond

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2012) - USA Rugby is making bold and aggressive moves to advance its organization by appointing Pam Kosanke as Chief Marketing Officer to lead all internal and external marketing and sponsorship efforts for the organization.

Kosanke joins USA Rugby from Leo Burnett in Chicago, IL where she was a Vice President and oversaw several highly awarded blue-chip consumer product goods (CPG), retail and QSR (quick service restaurant) accounts including McDonald's. She also led sponsorship activation for various football, Olympics and NASCAR events on Allstate Sports. Additionally, Kosanke volunteered on the communications team for the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she played Varsity Softball as an Academic All-American, and earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration.

"Pam is uniquely suited to spearhead our marketing department and help position USA Rugby as a world class organization that champions and develops the sport of rugby in America," said Nigel Melville, USA Rugby CEO and Director.

Kosanke's expertise on and off the rugby field will help prepare the organization for the sport's first appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games and beyond. She is a well respected and seasoned rugby veteran who is a current USA Women's National Rugby Team player and played in both the 2006 and 2009 Women's Rugby World Cups. Kosanke was recently selected as an International Athlete representative to the USA Rugby Congress and was named Rugby Magazine's Female Player of the Year in 2011.

"I am thrilled to create a reinvigorated expression of the USA Rugby brand leading into the 2016 Olympic Games," said Pam Kosanke. "Joining USA Rugby is a perfect marriage of my passion for sport and career. Now that rugby is an Olympic sport again, the opportunity for growth is legendary. USA Rugby must turn the corner with podium-worthy performance on all levels."

About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 110,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts over 30 national playoff and championship events every year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. USA Rugby became an official Olympic Sport member of the United States Olympic Committee in 2010. Visit for more.

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