David White departs Bristol Rugby New Zealand job

Bristol Rugby today confirmed that CEO David White will be leaving the club at the end of July 2008 to take up a new role in New Zealand.


White, who has been CEO of Bristol Rugby since 2006, is returning home to Auckland to start a new role as Director of Operations for Rugby Travel and Hospitality (RTH).


In his new role, he will be responsible for event logistics, venue management and strategic sales for the official Rugby World Cup 2011 travel and hospitality programme.


David confirmed today that he is returning home slightly earlier than originally anticipated:


“Whilst I will be leaving Bristol earlier than I expected, it’s been a terrific experience. Highlights of my time here are obviously finishing third in the Guinness Premiership in 2006/07 and qualifying for the Heineken Cup.”


“The Board and Investors are totally committed and I truly believe Bristol Rugby has a great future. I will certainly always look out for the Bristol Rugby scores from New Zealand.”


The club sya they are ready to announce a new CEO and management structure to the staff and players on Monday, 16th June when the squad report back for preseason training. The new appointment and structure will then be communicated publicly.


Bristol Rugby Director Chris Booy today paid tribute to the work that David has done in his time at the club:


“David joined us at a time when we were striving to re-establish ourselves as a Premiership club. He has been instrumental in helping to develop the organisation into one well equipped to flourish at the highest level in English club rugby.”


“His contacts in Super 14 rugby have also resulted in Bristol Rugby having a higher profile worldwide than ever before. Bristol Rugby has come on leaps and bounds under his leadership.”


“Whilst we are naturally disappointed to be losing him, David approached the board to discuss the opportunity some time ago, so we have had ample time to prepare for his departure.”


“We wish him well in his new role and offer him our sincere thanks for all he has done for the club.”

 

Rugbyweek.com

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