New CEO starts at Counties Manukau Rugby
Counties Manukau Rugby Union’s new chief executive officer has been named after a three-month search.
Bart Hoggard officially started his new role this week as chief executive officer of the Counties Manukau Rugby Union.
Hoggard joins the union directly from the United Arab Emirates where he was a partner at Clyde & Co, the largest inter- national law firm in Dubai.
The 44-year-old has practised corporate and commercial law in New Zealand, London and Dubai.
While in Dubai, he specialised in international cross border mergers and acquisitions and has worked on a number of significant transactions in the Middle East and Europe.
In particular he worked in the healthcare sector as well as in the oil and gas industry.
The father of four is no stranger to rugby. The former first five-eighth played for Auckland Marist in two Gallaher Shield winning teams and was an Auckland age group and Auckland B representative.
He had a taste of European rugby having played for L’Aquila in the Italian first division and Bracknell in England’s National Division Two.
Hoggard said he was extremely excited about joining Counties Manukau.
‘‘Not only does Counties have a storied history involving some of the most iconic players in the game but, off the field, it also has a board, management team, coaching staff and sponsors that are incredibly passionate and loyal.’’
Bart Hoggard started his new role this week.