A former quarter-finalist in the Junior Championships of GB at Wimbledon, Chris Gorringe became assistant secretary of the All England Club in 1973, responding to a job advert posted on the Club noticeboard asking for a "male, preferably 35-45." In 1979 he was appointed Club Secretary - the same year that Rolex was appointed as official timekeeper. He later became Chief Executive. During his 26 years at the helm, Wimbledon was transformed into one of the biggest commercial sporting events in the world, thrilling millions of people around the world. He stepped down as Chief Executive in 2005, after a long and distinguished career.