USA Rugby Congress member Steve Lewis sat with Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton for an hour-long episode of the Rugby PatCast to discuss the developing and ongoing story of USA Rugby’s governance failures. Lewis unloads on the outgoing board, his fellow Congress members, and the nonsensical organizational structure that allowed it all to happen.
What’s left of USA Rugby’s leadership structure... Read More
Chairman Will Chang and Rob King announced their resignations from the USA Rugby board of directors Thursday. This leaves the board with just two at-large members, freshman Barbara O’Brien and Robert Kimmitt, following a rash of resignations.
Chang and King follow Dean Barrett and Chad Keck on their way out the door as USA Rugby tries to bounce back from financial woes surrounding Rugby... Read More
Just last month, Dean Barrett, Chad Keck and Will Chang announced their exit from USA Rugby’s board of directors. Add that to the announced exits of CEO Dan Payne and David Sternberg, chief executive of Rugby International Marketing, USA Rugby’s for-profit subsidiary, and five high-level officials have fled the humbled national governing body in eight weeks amidst news of RIM’s financial ruin.... Read More
DUBLIN, IRE – World Rugby today announced the appointment of Dan Payne as Chief Executive Officer of Rugby Americas. Following his tenure as CEO with USA Rugby, Payne looks to continue his aspiration of growing rugby, in a new arena.
To ensure continuity through the transition, USA Rugby will be naming an Interim CEO in the very near future as the executive search for a permanent Chief Executive... Read More
USA Rugby has endured its fourth high-level resignation in the span of a month, with former McDonald's executive Dean Barrett stepping down. This comes in the aftermath of the magnitude of USA Rugby subsidiary Rugby International Marketing's financial failures going public.
USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne announced his impending resignation at the beginning of March, around the same time Chad Keck was... Read More
Two at-large seats to the USA Rugby board need to be filled, with Bob Kimmitt vacating his and Rob King terming out. The vacancies were announced at the end of February with a call for nominations, and the submission window closes Sunday.
Submissions go to the nominating committee, which is chaired by congress representative Marni Vath. It matches up the candidates to a matrix provided by a... Read More
LAFAYETTE, CO – Rugby International Marketing (RIM) today announced the appointment of former USA Rugby Eagle and CMO, Pam Kosanke, as both Chairman of the Board of RIM and Interim CEO. Kosanke will assume the latter role effective March 23, following the resignation of current CEO David Sternberg. USA Rugby also elected two new representatives to the RIM Board in Mark Lambourne and Jon Bobbett,... Read More
USA Rugby’s congress debated and voted on a petition to recall USA Rugby board member Chad Keck Wednesday, with 24 votes being cast to remove Keck, 14 to keep him on the board, and eight congress members not participating. The 24 yes votes did not constitute the requisite two-thirds majority necessary to recall Keck, leaving him on the board.
The vote comes less than two weeks after Keck was... Read More
The Rugby Channel, the only year-round business of Rugby International Marketing, has lost $4.2 million to date, according to minutes from USA Rugby’s Feb. 9-11 Congress meeting in Dallas, Texas. The minutes detail an array of discussion topics, but none more pressing or compelling than USA Rugby’s subsidiaries, RIM and TRC.
“The USA Rugby Congress has grave concerns about the operations of RIM... Read More
When Dan Payne took the reins, I was torn. There was obvious excitement – after a decade of the untrustworthy Nigel Melville, we now had a person in USA Rugby’s top position who understood grass roots rugby in America from recent first-hand experience, he’d worked at a high level in sports administration, and most importantly, he was someone I trusted to always act tirelessly, selflessly and... Read More