June 28, 2016
USA Rugby Names Jim Snyder Acting CEO
USA Rugby Press Release: June 27, 2016
USA Rugby in final stage of Chief Executive Officer search, elect Acting CEO
National Governing Body names CFO Jim Snyder as Acting CEO while remaining applicants are considered by search committee
LAFAYETTE, Colo. – USA Rugby, the national governing body for Rugby Union in the United States, today announced the appointment of Jim Snyder as Acting Chief Executive Officer. Snyder will retain his current responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer. Snyder has held the position of CFO for USA Rugby for two years, prior to which he served in a number of Rugby Development roles within the organization, beginning in 2007. The position of CEO was left vacant following the departure of Nigel Melville, effective June 25.
USA Rugby has also announced they are in the final stages of their search for a new CEO, however a date of hire remains tentative at this time.
USA Rugby received over 150 applications for the position of CEO. Perhaps showing the surge of popularity of rugby in the U.S. and the interest of the rest of the world in USA Rugby, the applicant pool featured a mix from the American and worldwide rugby family, as well as executives from other sports with great experience to bring to the organization.
“We have had an extremely strong candidate pool for the position of CEO,” said USA Rugby Chairman of the Board Bob Latham. “The remaining candidates all possess an impressive level of experience and talents. I have no doubt that the future of USA Rugby will be in good hands.”
The search for a new CEO has been supported by Korn Ferry, known as the “preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm.” The Executive Search service assisted in the screening of applicants, ultimately helping the USA Rugby CEO Search Committee determine the best available applicants.
The naming of a new CEO will be announced in due course.
About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 100,000 active members, with more than 35,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.