ARU announces changes to board

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Australian Rugby Union has 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 late 2012.

At yesterday'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 2013.

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 member.

“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.

Cameron Clyne

· Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer at NAB since January 2009.

· Joined NAB in 2004 following more than 12 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading the Financial Services Industry practice in Asia Pacific.

· 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.

(MAIN PICTURE: Jeremy Piper, Source: News Limited)