Rudolf Straeuli new Lions CEO



Golden Lions Rugby Union President Kevin de Klerk today announced that, as of June 1st 2014, CEO Manie Booysen will hand over his position to current General Manager: Professional Rugby, Rudolf Straeuli. This at the conclusion of his current contract.

Booysen, who joined the GLRU on contract in January 2013, had the responsibility of re-structuring the business, including the Ellis Park Pty Ltd organisation. He did this alongside all stakeholders at the Union.

His mandate also included, together with the Board, EXCO and staff of the GLRU, to work towards the Lions regaining their position as participants in the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

His services will still be called upon as and when required over the upcoming months.

Booysen thanked the President and GLRU Board for the opportunity afforded him; to be a part of a team involved in a turnaround process within the Lions business.

“The highlights of my relatively short period in office include the GLRU’s successful hosting of the Springboks versus All Blacks Test in October 2013 and the performances of all GLRU teams during the 2013 season,” Booysen said.

De Klerk expressed his gratitude towards Booysen for his commitment throughout his tenure in office.

“Lions Rugby has a clear and sincere appreciation for Booysen’s contributions to the Union over his time in office,” he shared.

“His integrity and passion for the Lions has been of the highest calibre and the Union can only express their profound appreciation for his commitment to the Lions and the game of rugby as a whole.”

De Klerk, together with the GLRU Board and staff wish Booysen every success with his future endeavours and welcome Straeuli into his new role.

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  1. Good call from GLRU.

    Straueli is an old GLRU and he has done well in every position he ever held except Bok coach.

    As DOR at the Sharks he did some outstanding work at the Academy and the young Natal sides.

    This is a good call from the GLRU.

    Prof Manie, though an excellent businessman in own right, is the last of the guys who Brondon refers to as the old West Rand clique.

  2. Duiwel, Straulli is een van die redes hoekom die sharks so baie goeie jong spelers het wat deurkom.

    Great appointment, but this isnt new news, it was allready reported earlier this year or late last year?

  3. @Aldo: He was appointed General Manager before this promotion.

    Rudolph wasn’t a good Bok coach but seems to be a good guy to have on the business side of a union.