'It has been an extraordinary 11 years' - Doug Howlett to leave Munster and return to New Zealand
Munster have confirmed that Doug Howlett will leave his role as head of commercial and marketing and return to New Zealand in the autumn.
Howlett joined Munster in January 2008 and played for the province until the end of the 2012/13 season. He made 114 appearances for the team and won the Heineken Cup and two PRO 14 titles. After retiring, the All Blacks legend became a key person behind the scenes at Munster, working his way up to become the head of commercial and marketing.
After six years working with Munster, Howlett has decided to return to New Zealand with his family.
"The privilege of playing for Munster Rugby, completing my MBA in UCC, and having the opportunity to run the province’s Commercial and Marketing programmes under the guidance of Garrett Fitzgerald, and the Commercial Board’s Niall FitzGerald and Patrick Coveney, have all been incredible experiences," Howlett said.
"It has been an extraordinary 11 years living in Ireland and I will always treasure my time in this special and unique club, and in Irish sport, academia and business."
Munster's acting CEO Philip Quinn paid tribute to Howlett after his decade of service.
"With Doug excelling in a senior management role we were always informed of his future plans to return to New Zealand," Quinn said.
"He has been a great colleague and addition to the organisation, overseeing our most successful commercial year of the past decade.
"In pursuing our strategic objectives, the building blocks are very much in place for further progression and that’s down to the work the Commercial and Marketing department have carried out on the ticketing, sponsorship, patrons and global events front. We retain a talented and committed Commercial and Marketing team focused on realising our clear vision and strategy built on the values of Munster Rugby.
"I would like to thank Doug, and wish him and his family all the best as they return to New Zealand."