Union's first choice for CEO lured away

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 30/10/2012

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The South Canterbury Rugby Union looks to have lost its first choice as a new chief executive.

South Canterbury Cricket executive officer David Fisher was poised to take a dual role for both rugby and cricket but a better offer from a bank is understood to have him reconsidering.

Fisher was unavailable to comment as he headed for a family bereavement in Australia but his final decision is likely to be given to South Canterbury rugby chairman Brent Isbister next week.

Rugby manager Cam Kilgour has resigned and will leave February as he looks for a team manager position in a larger union.

The 48-year-old Fisher has impressed with his relationship management skills, financial acumen and ability to secure sponsorship.

He has a background in management in the banking sector and spent 17 years in Nelson, where he was heavily involved in volunteer roles in rugby and cricket before returning to Timaru.

The chief executive job was not advertised, showing the faith the SCRU had in Fisher.

The union disestablished its former chief executive position after a restructuring by the board in January 2009, which led to Ian Hegarty departing.

At the time the reason given was to save the cash-strapped union up to $40,000, although the position carried a salary package well above that.

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- The Timaru Herald

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