The international governing body of rugby union, World Rugby has appointed Wendy Luhabe and Mervyn Davies, to its newly-appointed Executive Committee.
Bernard Lapasset, the World Rugby Chairman said his organisation was delighted to be welcoming the pair.
"Both bring with them a wealth of major international corporate experience and will significantly contribute to and enhance what will be an even more agile Executive Committee."
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Incoming World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said these were exciting and important times for World Rugby and rugby generally.
“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."
Luhabe said it was an honour to be joining the World Rugby Executive Committee at such an exciting time for the sport.
“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.”
The organisation expressing confidence in the pair said the two would bring a wealth of major global business experience to the expanded Executive Committee, which was elected at the annual meeting of Council in Dublin on Wednesday and will take office from 1 July under the next chairman Bill Beaumont.
Luhabe has more than 26 years of experience as a non-executive director in diverse industries and public sector companies. She also has 24 years of experience as a social entrepreneur.
“Luhabe is 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,” said the World Rugby statement.
Luhabe and Davies' inclusion on the Executive Committee follows an extensive global appointment process led by an independent nominations committee chaired by Peter Sutherland, a former European Commissioner and former Attorney General of Ireland.
“The appointments are central to a new governance model that sees the composition and remit of World Rugby's Executive Committee extended to deliver an even more modern, dynamic and streamlined governance structure,” added World Rugby.