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.
Chairman of the Board
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.
Vice Chairman of the Board
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.
An investment advisor, since 1988 Mr. Middleton has been the founder and President & CEO of the Corporate Capital Group in New York. Corporate Capital Group provides investment banking and financial advisory services to Australian, New Zealand and United States companies with regard to sales of companies, capital development, merger and acquisition consulting. From 1980-1984 he worked for Big Eight accounting firm Arthur Young in both Stamford, CT and Sydney, Australia, as CEO of a subsidiary of the agency and later as President of AY Business Systems, a joint venture of AY U.S., Canada and Australia.
Mr. Middleton combined his two decades of playing rugby in his native Australia and New Zealand with his almost two decades of living and working in the United States to invest and serve as a board member of a domestic company attempting to introduce professional rugby to the U.S. With official sanctioning obtained from USA Rugby, an executive director appointed for the project, and the completion of an information memorandum for release to potential team owners and investors, his project would have come to completion in October of 2001 when the events of September 11th precluded its resurrection.
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.
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.
Dr. McCoy, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, is currently president and managing physician of Neurology of Arkansas, a full service neurology practice that she started in 2000. She has been a practicing neurologist since 1994. She has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Hendrix College in Arkansas and earned her M.D. in 1989 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed her residency followed by a Neuromuscular Fellowship at Tulane University in Louisiana 1990 – 1994. Dr. McCoy has served on other medical boards over the past sixteen years - Medical Director of Imaging Solutions of Arkansas, Managing Partner in the NLR Pet Investor's Group, and Board member for Sleep Centers of Arkansas.
Rugby Experience: Dr. McCoy has more than 20 years experience in the U.S. rugby community - initially as a player then progressing from a local select side coach to her most recent job as Head Coach for the Sevens Women Eagles. Under her direction, the team won its first Hong Kong Sevens Tournament in 2009 and reached 4th in Dubai at the inaugural 2009 Sevens Women’s Rugby World Cup. She continues in service to the broader community through her work on USA Rugby’s Rugby Committee.
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.
Mr. Hawkins joined the Board in 2012. He is the Director of California Operations for Severi and was the co-founder of the Coastal Dragons Youth Club.
Severi Rugby offers youth camps, coach and training programs and national academies for high-performance athletes. At Severi, Mr. Hawkins is responsible for California programming with a focus on youth rugby development. Mr. Hawkins is also the head coach of the San Diego State University men’s rugby team and a National 7’s player.
Born in Durban, South Africa, Mr. Hawkins has been a member of the U.S. National 7’s squad since 2007, and was named team captain from 2009-2011. He has been given the prestigious honor of being the most-capped Eagles 7’s player of all time. In 2010, he also played on the the U.S. Men’s National 15’s squad. In addition to coaching the SDSU Aztecs, Mr. Hawkins has coached the Belmont Shore 7's program and helped with the All American 7's team in 2011 and now is coaching the Aztecs 7's program.
Mr. Hawkins is passionate about developing youth rugby in the United States and currently works to forge relationships with YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs and parks and recreation departments in order to grow rugby.