New CEO starts at Coun­ties Manukau Rugby

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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.

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