A former newspaper boss who left his job after a company takeover has been given the job of overseeing rugby union in Scotland.
However he will now be taking on a whole new ball game as chief executive of Scottish Rugby.
His new role will commence on 19 September and follows the resignation of Gordon McKie in June after six years in the job.
Said Mark: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead Scottish Rugby, a globally recognised organisation, as it continues the development of the game throughout Scotland.
“With playing numbers growing in recent years, with the national team currently ranked seventh in the world and preparing to compete in the Rugby World Cup, I am fortunate to be joining at such an exciting time.
“My initial focus will be to work closely with the senior management team and the Scottish Rugby Board in finalising the new strategic plan for the organisation and to lead on its delivery.
“I would also like to offer my support and best wishes to Andy Robinson and the Scotland team who I know are working extremely hard as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup.”
Mark had worked with the Guardian Media Group since 1988 and took over as chief executive of its regional arm in 2005.
He was appointed to his new position after what was termed “an extensive recruitment process” led by Scottish Rugby Chairman, Sir Moir Lockhead, and former Scotland and British & Irish Lions captain, Ian ‘Mighty Mouse’ McLauchlan.
Said Ian: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure Mark as our new chief executive.
“He was the outstanding candidate in a very strong field and brings a wealth of business and commercial experience which will stand the organisation in good stead in the years ahead.”