SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rugby Australia (RA) has appointed former tv and media govt Hamish McLennan as a director and chairman-elect, the governing physique stated on Friday.
McLennan is to hitch the board at its subsequent assembly on June 15, filling the seat vacated by Peter Wiggs, who resigned earlier this month after lower than six weeks within the position.
McLennan can even exchange interim chairman Paul McLean, who took over the position in February after Cameron Clyne stepped down, RA stated in a press release.
“Hamish is a lifelong rugby man and is captivated with uniting the sport,” McLean stated within the assertion.
“His instant focus with the board is on making certain the sport navigates the following few months whereas reshaping the rugby economic system for a sustainable future to make sure the sport stays wholesome and robust on the neighborhood stage.”
RA is battling a monetary disaster that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic with uncertainty over future revenues and the suspension of rugby globally, together with the Tremendous Rugby competitors.
It additionally struggling to finalise a brand new broadcasting settlement and noticed chief govt Raelene Fortress give up final month, saying she believed the board not needed her within the position.
McLennan is a former managing director of Australia’s free-to-air broadcaster Community Ten and govt vice chairman at media group Information Corp.
He’s at the moment the deputy chairman of worldwide fairness fund Magellan Monetary Group.
Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford
— to uk.reuters.com