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Industry: Australian Vernon Reid named CEO of Hong Kong RFU

HKRFU-logo_615October 17, 2013: The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) has announced Vernon Reid as its new Chief Executive Officer. The Australian, who succeeds Ian McMahon, has been appointed for a three-year term and will assume his duties in mid-November.

 

Reid was formerly CEO of the Western Force Super Rugby franchise and the Western Australia Rugby Union (RugbyWA), having played club rugby for 20 years. His background in sports management and marketing spans high-performance sport and grassroots development, and includes experience in facilities development and management.

 

“I am delighted to accept this exciting position,” Reid said. “Rugby in Hong Kong has a vibrant future and it is a privilege to lead the HKRFU as it embarks on a new growth strategy and cements itself as the leading rugby nation in Asia.”

 

HKRFU Chairman Trevor Gregory said: “Having just celebrated our 60th anniversary, the HKRFU and Hong Kong rugby has never been in better shape and we look forward to continuing the strong growth we are experiencing.

 

“In Vern Reid we believe we have found the appropriate person to help us execute our strategic plan. Our strategic plan identifies several focus areas, including the need to develop more facilities to accommodate the rapid growth in local rugby, raising domestic rugby standards and creating new initiatives for 15s rugby, together with maximising the Hong Kong Sports Institute platform for sevens.

 

“Vern’s experience as CEO of the Western Force and RugbyWA is uniquely suited to our requirements. He is particularly familiar with the challenges of simultaneously developing community, domestic and high-performance rugby. We believe that he will be an invaluable asset for our continued growth.”

 

The HKRFU conducted a four-month executive search that resulted in over 60 qualified applicants for the position. A shortlist of eight candidates was selected for initial interviews, with four candidates advancing to a final interview that included a presentation on their strategic vision for Hong Kong rugby.

 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank all of the applicants for their interest,” Gregory said. “It was exciting to see the number of local candidates for the position. The HKRFU remains committed to identifying and nurturing local talent among our experienced staff and our talented and passionate rugby community.

 

“As a sign of our commitment, we have mandated that one of the key roles for Vern is to engage in overall succession planning. Vern is a strong leader and he will be an excellent mentor to new and existing members of staff in helping to prepare them for executive positions in future.

 

“Vern is currently in Hong Kong to meet members of staff and the rugby community in order to make preparations prior to commencing his role. We look forward to working with him at this most exciting time as we embark on our next 60 years of Hong Kong rugby.”

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