(The following press release from the Australian Rugby Union was received
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Tuesday 27th August 2013
AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION ANNOUNCES BOARD CHANGES
Australian Rugby Union today announced three current Board Directors have
volunteered to resign or retire from the Board over the next five months.
The changes follow the approval of the new Australian Rugby Constitution in
At today's Board meeting, the current Australian CEO of Savill's and former
Wallaby captain and Australian Rugby President, Paul McLean MBE, has been
appointed to the Board, replacing George Gregan AM.
John Mumm has announced he will retire at the October Board meeting and General
Peter Cosgrove AC MC has announced he will retire in December.
At today's meeting, the ARU Board also approved of the appointment of Cameron
Clyne, the current Group Chief Executive Officer of NAB, effective 1 December
The ARU’s Nominations Committee of the Board are currently searching for a
third Director to join the Board before the end of the year.
ARU Chairman, Michael Hawker AM, welcomed the appointments of Mr McLean and Mr
Clyne, and thanked the retiring Directors for their valuable contribution.
“Paul McLean will be a terrific addition to our team. He brings the combination
of strong commercial credentials from working in senior roles with a global
real estate company and a Rugby pedigree which includes extensive experience
as a player and administrator,” Mr Hawker said.
“We will also welcome Cameron Clyne’s business acumen from the banking and
professional services sector and leadership of Australia’s top listed companies
to the ARU at a time of change and opportunity for our game. He will take up
the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.”
Mr McLean’s appointment is effective immediately, following George Gregan’s
resignation from the Board to pursue business interests and other roles in
Rugby which he would have been unable to undertake as a Board Director.
Mr Gregan was originally appointed as the Rugby Union Players’ Association
representative on the Board and provided the Board with great knowledge of
Rugby and a perspective of recent professional players. He has served as a
Board member since April 2012.
Mr Mumm has been a Board member since October 2007 and is the current Chair of
the Human Resources sub-committee and is a member of the Audit & Risk
sub-committee. He was appointed as an Independent Director nominee of the NSW
Rugby Union, and has been a very active and diligent Board Director, with
strong people management and Board governance experience.
General Cosgrove has been a Board member for nearly six years split across two
separate terms. He has been the Chair of the Board Governance sub-committee,
which successfully oversaw the introduction of the new Australian Rugby Union
Constitution and has provided reliable service to Rugby in his time as a Board
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to acknowledge the significant
contribution that George, John and Peter have made to the game in their
capacity as Board members. We look forward to their continued contribution to
the game outside the Boardroom,” Mr Hawker said.
The changes announced today follow the appointment of a new ARU CEO, Bill
Pulver, earlier this year and the appointment of two new Board Directors in
2012 including Australian Rugby’s first female Board member, Ann Sherry AO, and
its first Western Australian Board Director, Geoffrey Stooke OAM.
Paul McLean MBE
· Former Wallaby and Queensland captain (made Test debut against the
All Blacks in 1974).
· Inducted into the Wallaby Hall of Fame in 2011.
· President of Queensland Rugby Union from 1999-2005.
· President of Australian Rugby Union from 2005-2009.
· Member of the IRB’s Executive Committee from 2007-2009.
· Joined global real estate company Savillls in 1990; appointed
Executive Chairman of Savills Australia in July 2006; appointed Chief
Executive, Australia and New Zealand in January 2009 which also included the
role of Managing Director of Queensland from January 2013.
· Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer at NAB since
· Joined NAB in 2004 following more than 12 years with
PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading the Financial Services Industry practice in
· Selected as one of 245 people globally as a Young Global Leader by
the World Economic Forum to address global challenges including health,
education and the environment.
· Represented Victoria in Rugby against the All Blacks and Springboks.
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