New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew has announced he will stand down at the end of this year, bringing an end to his 12-year term in the role.
Tew was appointed chief executive of New Zealand Rugby in 2008, having been with the organisation since 2001.
He now oversees a $180-million business with a record on and off the field that is the envy of many sporting organisations around the world. During that time the All Blacks, Black Ferns and other teams in black have won multiple World Cups, held No 1-ranked team status in the world for record tenures and often held all the trophies they contested.
Prior to joining New Zealand Rugby, Tew served as the Crusaders’ chief executive between 1996 and 2001.
‘After much reflection, I’ve decided that this is the best time for me to make way for someone else to lead New Zealand Rugby into the future and a new phase for our national game,’ Tew said.
‘There are new and exciting changes coming as a result of the upcoming, new international calendar; a changing broadcast environment; as well as a new All Blacks head coach to be appointed; so it’s the right time for me.
‘I’ve always been a great advocate for challenging convention and keeping New Zealand Rugby fresh and invigorated, while always encouraging our people to grow and extend themselves. I believe the time is right for someone else to lead the organisation.’
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen paid tribute to Tew’s contribution to the game.
‘I don’t think there has been a better sporting CEO in New Zealand sport, especially given the immense scrutiny and expectation he had in his role at New Zealand Rugby,’ Hansen said.
‘On behalf of the All Blacks, I’d like to thank him for his unwavering support for the team and management. It’s no coincidence that his time in the job has coincided with one of the most successful periods of All Blacks rugby. He’ll be sadly missed by the entire team, who have always enjoyed his company, support and passion.
‘Personally, I’d like to thank him for all the support and wisdom he has given me throughout a very long association. He gave me my first job as director of the Canterbury Rugby Academy, and then various coaching roles following on from that. But he’s been much more than just a great boss – he’s been a very supportive friend – and I’m immensely proud to call him a mate.’
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