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.
Mr. Roberts is the New York-based Worldwide CEO of ideas company Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world's leading creative organizations. Saatchi & Saatchi’s clients include some of the world's best-performing companies including Procter & Gamble,Toyota, General Mills, Visa International and Novartis.
Mr. Roberts started his business career with the influential London fashion house of Mary Quant. At the age of 32, he became CEO of Pepsi-Cola Middle East and later became Pepsi's CEO in Canada. In 1989 Mr. Roberts moved to Auckland, New Zealand to become Chief Operating Officer with Lion Nathan, a position he held for seven years. He moved to New York City to head up Saatchi & Saatchi globally and in 2000 merged the company with Publicis Groupe S.A., the world's fourth largest communications group.
This is Mr. Roberts’ second tour on a Rugby Union Board. He was elected to the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) Board in 1997 and served until 2000 as the Chair of the Marketing and Commercial Committee. Mr. Roberts played an integral role in ensuring NZRFU emerged from the growing pains of becoming a professional sport as the most successful union in the world, a first class international business, and as a global sporting brand. Mr. Roberts played a key role in negotiating the Adidas sponsorship of New Zealand Rugby, then the largest sponsorship in rugby history. This was central in retaining star players in New Zealand as well as ownership and control over the All Blacks, and financial stability for the NZRFU.
A New Zealand citizen, in November 2004 he was appointed ambassador for the New Zealand United States Council in the U.S., to complement government-to-government relationships. Mr. Roberts is also the CEO in residence at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School.
Mr. Latham is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of USA Rugby and 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. Since 2009, he has 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.
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. Additionally, he serves on the board of the United States Rugby Union, the national governing board of Rugby in the United States.
Rob has extensive experience with multinational business and is, of course, a passionate supporter of rugby. Mr. King served as President of Pepsi Bottling Group's North American business from December 2006 to November 2008 and served as President of PBG's North American Field Operations from October 2005 to December 2006.
Prior to that, Mr. King served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of PBG's Mid-Atlantic Business Unit from October 2002 to October 2005. From 2001 to October 2002, he served as Senior Vice President, National Sales and Field Marketing. In 1999, he was appointed Vice President, National Sales and Field Marketing. Mr. King joined Pepsi-Cola North America in 1989 as a Business Development Manager and has held a variety of other field and headquarters-based sales and general management positions.
Heavner has held numerous leadership positions in the former MetNY LAU and Northeast Territory over the past two decades, as well as taking a primary role in the creation of the new Empire GU and then acting as its first president. He also serves on numerous USA Rugby Committees and was a long serving member of Congress before his election as the Congress Representative to the Board.
Heavner is a graduate of Vassar College and Pace Law School. He is an Executive Assistant District Attorney for the County of Rockland (NY) and runs the Special Investigations Unit, specializing in prosecuting white collar crime, organized crime and extortion cases. He specializes in long-term investigations utilizing teams of detectives and eavesdropping warrants.
Heavner began his rugby career at Vassar, and has played and coached for the Old Blue Rugby Football Club since 1989. He is still active in coaching, also currently helping coach various boys and girls high school club and select sides.
Heavner also sits on the board of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and the Hudson Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Ms. Black joined the Board in 2012. A teacher at Washington – Lee High School and Northern Virginia Community College, Ms. Black has experience as a rugby player, coach and administrator. She is a graduate of James Madison University and received her master’s degree from George Washington University. She is a current member and former captain (2011-2012) of the U.S. Senior National 7’s squad.
In addition to her role on the Women’s National 7’s team, Ms. Black has played on the U23 National 15’s team in 2000 and was part of the 2001-2008 Senior 15’s player pool. Since 2005, she has been a 7’s and 15’s player and captain for the Northern Virginia Women’s Rugby (NOVA) club and the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU).
Ms. Black was a co-coach for the University of Virginia women in 2011 and is a member of the Northern Virginia Women’s Rugby 7’s Leadership Committee.