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South Africa’s Wendy Luhabe appointed onto the World Rugby Executive Committee

World Rugby last week appointed South African entrepreneur Wendy Luhabe as a member of its executive committee. The appointment has been hailed by many across the world as a positive step and social media has been awash with congratulatory messages. A hearty congratulations to Luhabe on the historic appointment as a World Rugby ExCo director.

World Rugby last week appointed South African entrepreneur Wendy Luhabe as a member of its executive committee in a historic appointment, which is being widely celebrated.

With the appointment, Luhabe (with fellow appointee, Mervyn Davies) are the first independent directors of the new World Rugby Executive Committee.

Speaking on her appointment, Luhabe said in a statement: “It is an honour to be joining the World Rugby Executive Committee at such an exciting time for the sport”.

Wendy Luhabe (L) and Mervyn Davies (R) are the first independents elected to the World Rugby Executive Committee. Photo: World Rugby
Wendy Luhabe (L) and Mervyn Davies (R) are the first independents elected to the World Rugby Executive Committee. Photo: World Rugby

“I am looking forward to combining my broad business and education skills to play a full role in supporting my fellow executive committee members in shaping decisions for the betterment of the game”.

Extensive experience:

Luhabe has extensive experience as a non-executive director in diverse industries and public sector companies. She has worked in consumer, telecommunications, industrial development, private equity, country brand development and education.

Luhabe is currently chair and founder of the Women Private Equity Fund, South Africa’s first private equity fund for women, and has held governance roles with Vodacom, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the International Marketing Council (IMC) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The new committee is expected to officially take office from 1 July under the leadership of incoming World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont.

Commenting on the new Executive Committee, Beaumont said in a statement: “I would like to congratulate the newly-elected Executive Committee members and welcome our first independent directors. I look forward to chairing this important group and collaborating with my new colleagues on this dynamic and agile decision-making body to strengthen and advance the game”.

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Social media messages:

https://twitter.com/ClaysonMonyela/status/731718495222796288

https://twitter.com/Sentletse/status/731164192477224961

Source: World Rugby

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