Bulls boast 'strongest board' despite CEO Meyer's departure
Blue Bulls president Willem
Strauss admits the recent departure of company chief executive Alfons Meyer
paints a perception of administrative difficulties, but insists the franchise’s
governance structure is “immensely strong”.
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The men from Loftus had been rocked last
week by Meyer’s sudden resignation for personal reasons, concluding a tenure
that lasted less than 18 months.
He had succeeded the retiring Barend van
It followed Alan Zondagh waving goodbye to
the franchise as director of rugby in February, a blow that has been
significantly softened by the high-profile recruitment of Jake White in a
similar if more hands-on capacity.
“Alfons’ resignation was obviously a shock
to the system. It always is,” Strauss told Sport24.
“But one also has to be philosophical in
these type of situations. It’s part of life as a professional union in South
African rugby. It’s defined by uncertainty.
“Like players, administrative employment is
contract-based. That inevitably means that tenures average less than five
years. Alfons and Alan were on contracts, unfortunately quick departures are
part-and-parcel of the package.”
However, the void left by Meyer is offset
by a board of directors beefed up by various members capable of temporarily
fulfilling some of his responsibilities.
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“Our board is very stable and brims with
expertise. In fact, since Patrice Motsepe acquired his 37% stake late last
year, we’ve been privileged to merely bolster our decision-making capacity. He
and Remgro have added so much value as stakeholders,” said Strauss.
“If anything, I believe the Bulls now have
the strongest board of any South African franchise. Our strategy and vision
stays the same, we’re ratifying it all the time. It’s also important to note
that we have members with previous experience as CEOs. I acted in that capacity
for a decade at the Pumas and Stefan Crouse is a former chief of Saracens.”
That would certainly suggest that the
franchise can steadily keep its operations functioning effectively while calmly
searching for Meyer’s successor.
Edgar Rathbone, the Lions’ chief financial
officer, has publicly expressed his interest in the role after being requested
by the Loftus hierarchy to make himself available, but would require board
approval before considering any offer.
Ajee Valentine, Steinhoff’s former
sponsorship manager, is also in the frame again after he was reportedly on the
shortlist to replace Van Graan in late 2018, only to be usurped by Meyer’s
mildly surprising appointment.