Rugby United New York Release.
Rugby United New York (RUNY), New York City’s professional rugby franchise, announced today that Bolton Equities, the team’s majority shareholder has reached an agreement under which French entrepreneur Thomas Savare will acquire a minority stake of the organization. Bolton Equities will continue with majority ownership.
Thomas Savare, President, François-Charles Oberthur Group started his career in New York as Vice-President of the Banknote Corporation of America in 1992. After holding various operating positions in François-Charles Oberthur Group, specialized in high security and banknote printing, he became President in 2014. He was president of Stade Français Paris between 2011 and 2017, and a member of The Comité Directeur of LNR (French National Rugby League) between 2015 and 2021. Under his tenure, Stade Français Paris won a Top 14 title in 2015 and a European Challenge Cup title in 2017.
“Thomas brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences with Stade Français” Guy Bolton, Chairman of Rugby United New York commented. “We couldn’t be more excited and humbled to have Thomas on board”. Thomas Savare will partner with Guy Bolton at a strategic and governance level.
“I was impressed by Bolton Equities approach and ambitious vision for Rugby United New York. Already supported by Pierre Arnald with whom we have been cooperating for the last ten years, this exciting project grabs all the opportunities for growing pro rugby in the USA. Being part of it has become self-evident. I am also excited to combine my passion for rugby with the city of New York, where I started my career and has always been special to me.”
“We are constantly looking for ways to establish Rugby United New York as a premier brand within New York, the MLR, and the global rugby community,” Guy Bolton commented. “We strongly believe Thomas will help us achieve this. We are very excited and look forward to growing RUNY’s brand and continuing to promote the club’s values.”