The current USA Board of Directors includes a chairman, five independent directors, two international athlete representatives and a representative of USA Rugby's Congress.
The board is charged with developing and implementing the annual operational plans and establishing appropriate networks of volunteers and expert advisory groups to assist them in implementing the strategic and operational plans.
- Jeremiah Johnson
Mr. Latham has served on the Board of Directors since 1994. From 2000-2004, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee. Mr. Latham is a member of the International Rugby Board Council, the IRB Executive Committee and is Chairman of the IRB Regulations Committee. From 2009-2013, he served as President of the North America Caribbean Rugby Association.
Mr. Latham is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Virginia Law School and practices law with the firm of Jackson Walker L.L.P., a full service law firm with more than 350 attorneys in seven offices. He practices out of both the Dallas and Houston, Texas offices. Mr. Latham is the Chairman of the firm’s media law and intellectual property litigation practices firm wide. His clients have included ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg News, ESPN, The New York Times Company, Newsweek, and many other publications, as well as high tech and Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Latham began his rugby career at Stanford, continued playing during law school and played for 13 years for the Dallas Harlequins as well as for the Texas Select Side. He also served a term as President of the Dallas All Sports Association, an organization that brings together the major professional sports franchises in North Texas to raise money for college scholarships. Mr. Latham writes a monthly column for SportsTravel Magazine, and his book “Winners & Losers: Rants, Riffs and Reflections on the World of Sports” was published in October, 2012.
Mr. Chang joined the Board in 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of Westlake International Group, a privately held diversified investment company with operations in the United States, China, Latin America, Japan, India, and Canada.
In 2009, Mr. Chang purchased full ownership interest of D.C. United and serves as Executive Chairman. He is also on the Executive Committee of the ownership group that owns the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club and AT&T Park. Mr. Chang is a graduate of Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in Economics.
Mr. Chang began his rugby career at the age of 14 during his schooling at Millfield Senior School in England. His playing career continued during his studies at Harvard where he played wing-forward. Upon graduation, Mr. Chang played club rugby in Palo Alto, California.
Robert M. Kimmitt served as Deputy of Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President George W. Bush. Bob graduated from the United States Military Academy of West Point in 1969. While attending West Point, Bob was a distinguished cadet, cadet company commander, and captain of the Rugby Team his senior year.
Bob has been able to blend his roles of soldier, statesman, and businessman and establish himself as a national security and financial policy expert. After graduating from West Point, Bob volunteered for duty in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and became the first in his class to command in combat. For his service in Vietnam, he earned three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. In November of 2004, Bob retired as a Major General in the Army Reserve.
In 1974, as a member of the first class of the military’s Funded Legal Education Program, Bob entered Georgetown University Law Center. While attending Georgetown, he began working for the National Security Council Staff. After receiving his law degree in 1977, Bob went on to serve at the White House as National Security Council Executive Secretary and General Counsel from 1983 to 1985. During this period Bob had the rank of Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. From 1985 to 1987, Bob served as General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, where he received the Alexander Hamilton Award as well as the Arthur Flemming Award for distinguished public service.
After leaving public service, Bob served as a partner in the law firm Sidley & Austin for two years. Bob then returned to the public sector, serving as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1989 to 1991. President George H. W. Bush recognized his service during the Gulf Crisis and War by presenting him with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Nation’s second highest civilian award. Afterward, Bob was appointed as American Ambassador to Germany from 1991 to 1993 and was awarded Germany’s highest decoration, the Order of Merit, as well as the U.S. Defense Department’s Public Service Award.
During 1997 Bob became a member of the National Defense Panel, and from 1998 to 2005 he was a member of the Director of Central Intelligence’s National Security Advisory Panel, as well as a member of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
After working many years in government, Bob joined the private sector and worked as a managing director for Lehman Brothers; Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One; Executive Vice President of Time Warner Inc.; and Partner and Senior International Counsel in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr.
Bob continued his rugby career after returning from Vietnam, captaining the Ft. Sill Rugby Club and founding and captaining the Ft. Campbell Rugby Club. After law school, he captained the American University Eagles Rugby Club and helped found and captained the Washington Irish Rugby Club. Since then, he has stayed active in rugby, including as a referee, rugby father, and avid Eagles supporter in World Cup and other matches.
Chad Keck became an investment banker in 1976 and has pursued a career of capital raising and strategic advice to entrepreneurially driven technology companies in the United States and abroad. Since joining joined Needham & Company in 1991, he has been involved in over 150 investment banking transactions, including 30 initial public offerings.
Chad has served as Head of the Menlo Park Office, Co-head of Corporate Finance and Chairman of the Investment Banking Management Committee. In December of 2005, he became Vice Chairman and serves on the firm’s Commitment Committee and the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. Today, Chad works with a broad cross-section of the firm's clients, focusing on the semiconductor sector. He has taken a leadership role in developing the firm's business in Asia and travels frequently to China.
Chad graduated from the United States Military Academy and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He was Captain of the Rugby Team at both institutions. He played club rugby for the Manhattan Rugby Club, the Washington Rugby Football Club and the Dallas Harlequins Rugby Club. In 1998, Chad co-founded the Peninsula Green Rugby Football Club to promote youth rugby in Northern California and provide an opportunity for his son Matt Keck to become part of the rugby fraternity. Peninsula Green has flourished and fields varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams. Over its 13-year life, fifteen players from the Peninsula Green have been selected for the Junior Eagles including Matt Keck.
Chad is an active sportsman, high altitude trekker, former triathlete and a finisher in the 100th running of the Boston Marathon. Chad is a member of Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Montana and Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park, California.
Peter has oversight of the North American Derivative Sales business for the Equities Division of Goldman Sachs. He started his career in the J. Aron Division in 1989 as an analyst in Foreign Exchange (FX) Derivative Trading in New York and moved to Tokyo in 1992.
Peter relocated to London to assume a senior role in FX options trading in 1995. In 2000, he joined the Equities Division to run Swiss Equity volatility trading. In 2002, Peter assumed responsibility for the flow derivatives and futures businesses, and then more broadly for Hedge Fund Sales in 2006. He was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2008.
Peter serves on the Board of Governors at Xavier High School in New York City, and is on the board of Play Rugby USA, a national nonprofit organization that pioneers the development of youth through rugby.
Rob is a Board Chairman, Director, Advisor and former CEO with an extensive and successful executive, general management, marketing, sales and operations career with premier multi-billion dollar consumer products companies. He has also spent multiple years in a Private Equity environment nourishing and growing entrepreneurial CPG companies. He has consistently demonstrated the skill of aligning complex organizations against a common vision. Rob has a track record of acquiring and developing front line, managerial and executive talent to drive both immediate and long term results. He is also adept at managing complex business models across categories and countries.
Rob has an outstanding record of achieving competitive advantage by making astute investments in acquisitions, licensing and distribution partnerships, and proprietary technology throughout the supply chain. He has a fundamental belief in building market-facing business strategies that leverage customer service excellence while attaining category leadership positions.
Rob was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Cytosport Inc., a Benicia, Ca. company that is a market leader in the rapidly expanding sports nutrition and enhanced protein categories. Cytosport is the maker of Muscle Milk Protein powders and drinks and is the number one protein/sports nutrition brand in the United States. Rob had a consulting role with the company beginning in 2011, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012 and subsequently elected to the CEO role in July, 2013. Rob led the successful sales process of Cytosport to Hormel culminating in a sale of the company in August, 2014 at an industry leading multiple of 14+x trailing ebitda.
Rob has extensive experience in Private Equity having worked successfully with multiple mid-market firms that specialize in consumer goods investments. Rob has been an advisor to TSG Consumer Partners since 2011 and has served as a Board member and consultant to TSG portfolio companies including Cytosport, Island Oasis of Walpole, MA and Nuero Beverages of Santa Monica, CA. Rob is also currently a member of the Executive Advisory Board(EAB) of Wind Point Partners, a Chicago, ILL based Private Equity Firm. In addition to his role on the EAB, Rob serves as Chairman on the Board of Gehl Foods, a recently acquired Wisconsin based Wind Point portfolio company. Rob also works with Mid-Ocean Partners, a New York based Private equity firm and serves on the Board of Fresh Pet, a Mid-Ocean sponsored publicly traded company. Rob serves on the Compensation and Nominating Committees of Fresh Pet.
Prior to engaging in his Private Equity Board and Consulting career in 2011, Rob had a 30+ year career in premier CPG companies including Pepsi Bottling Group(PBG), PepsiCo, Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery and Procter and Gamble. Rob retired from PBG in 2010 coincident with the company's sale to PepsiCo after having most recently served as Executive Vice President and President of North America. In that role, Rob was the senior operating executive for the company's $12 billion bottling businesses in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Rob lead a business of 60,000 employees with full P&L and balance sheet responsibility including a $500 million annual capital budget. Rob led the company to realize industry leading revenue, cash flow, ROIC, market share and corporate culture reputation culminating in Fortune Magazine naming PBG as the second most admired beverage company in the world during his tenure.
Rob joined the Pepsi system in 1989 and served in a variety of roles with Pepsi North America( PepsiCo) and PBG over his 21 year tenure. Starting as a Business Development Manager in 1989, he was promoted to his first General Management assignment in 1992 as the General Manager for the Sacramento Market Unit. In 1994 he was promoted to Vice President, Customer Development in the Mid-Atlantic Business Unit. He then assumed a larger General Management assignment, being promoted in 1996 to be General Manager of the New Jersey Market Unit. In 1998, Rob was promoted to Pepsi North America HQ where he assumed the new position of VP, On Premise Sales for North America Bottling in advance of the 1999 spin-off of Pepsi Bottling Group from PepsiCo. A year later, Rob was promoted to Vice President, National Sales and Field Marketing and in 2000 he was named Senior Vice President, National Sales and Field Marketing leading the sales and marketing functions for the company in both the US and Canada. In 2002 he assumed the role of Senior Vice President and General Manager for PBG's $2 billion Mid-Atlantic Business Unit and was then promoted to President, North America Field Bottling in 2005. He was then named President of PBG North America in 2006 and eventually was elected EVP and President of PBG North America, expanding his US and Canada responsibilities to include all company owned bottling businesses in Mexico.
Prior to joining PepsiCo in 1989, Rob spent five years in an assortment of sales and brand management roles with Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery from 1984 to 1989. He began his consumer product career with Procter and Gamble in 1980 and spent four years with P&G in New York in sales and sales management.
Rob currently serves on the commercial Boards of Gehl Foods, Fresh Pet(NASDAQ) and Island Oasis. A lifelong rugby fan and former player, Rob also serves on the Board of USA Rugby and is Chairman of the audit committee. USA Rugby is the national governing body of the sport of rugby in the US. Rob has also served on the Boards of New Community Foundation, House of Friendship and the Sacramento chapter of the National Urban League.
Rob is a graduate of Fairfield University where he received his B.A. in 1980.
Jeremiah Johnson is a organizational process specialist. He currently serves as a Business Analyst for Principal Financial Group where he manages software development teams focused on tools supporting retirement plan compliance.
Jeremiah's rugby contributions are similarly focused on professionally growing the game of rugby in the United States. Jeremiah joined the USA Rugby Board of Directors in January 2015, serving in the role of Congress Representative. In addition to this role, Jeremiah is currently President of the Midwest Rugby Union, a Director of the Iowa Youth Rugby Association, a referee on the Midwest Territorial Panel for USA Rugby, and the Head Coach of Iowa's first Varsity rugby team at Southeast Warren High School in Liberty Center, Iowa. He previously served for 10 years as the President of the Iowa Rugby Union and 10 years as a member of the USA Rugby Congress.
Jeremiah began playing rugby for Bremer County RFC while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He lives with his wife and step-daughter in Des Moines.
Brian McClenahan has been with USA Rugby Board of Directors since November 2013, fulfilling the role of International Athlete. His love for rugby began in high school and he continued with his passion for the game throughout college at UC Berkeley. Upon graduation, he furthered his playing career at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. His first foray into the international rugby scene was in 2009 with the Men's National Team versus Wales. Brian retired from the sport after competing in the 2011 World Cup. During his post-college rugby years, Brian balanced his playing time while achieving success in commercial real estate for Cassidy Turley.
Brian and his wife live in San Francisco, where his real estate business continues to thrive.
Ms. Kosanke joins the board having formerly served as USA Rugby's Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to her role at USA Rugby, she was a Vice President at Leo Burnett in Chicago, IL, and oversaw several highly awarded blue-chip consumer product goods (CPG), retail and QSR (quick service restaurant) accounts, including McDonald's. She also led sponsorship activation for various football, Olympics and NASCAR events on Allstate Sports. Kosanke is now CMO of Hayden & Company, a 4x Inc. 500|5000 award-winning real estate and property management group out of Minnesota. She also owns and operates her own marketing consulting agency.
A former USA Women's National Rugby 15s & 7s Team player, Kosanke is a well respected and seasoned rugby veteran having played in both the 2006 and 2009 Women's Rugby World Cups. In 2011, she was named Rugby Magazine's Female Player of the Year. Additionally, Kosanke volunteered on the communications team for the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she played Varsity Softball as an Academic All-American, and earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration.