New Board Members for New Zealand Rugby

We have great pleasure in congratulating Gina Brogi and Rob Fyfe as newly appointed members of the New Zealand Rugby Commercial (NZRC) Board of Directors.

They will join NZR Chair Dame Patsy Reddy as part of NZRC’s nine-person board. In 2022 Sheffield Search helped to facilitate Dame Patsy’s appointment to the New Zealand Rugby board. She now leads it as its first female chair.

“It was a privilege for Sheffield Search to have supported these appointments at a time of significant change for the organisation,” commented Ian Taylor, Managing Director Sheffield North Island. 


New Zealand Rugby Commercial Media Release

New Zealand Rugby Commercial (NZRC) has today announced the appointments of Gina Brogi and Rob Fyfe to its Board of Directors.

Brogi, a past President of Global Content Distribution for 20th Century Fox, and Fyfe, best known as a former CEO of Air New Zealand, are the final two Directors on NZRC’s nine-person Board.

Brogi and Fyfe are both New Zealand Rugby (NZR) appointed Directors, joining NZR Chair Dame Patsy Reddy, Deputy Chair Bailey Mackey and CEO Mark Robinson on the NZRC Board which is chaired by Ian Narev. The NZRC Board also includes New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association (NZRPA) representative Richie McCaw and Silver Lake representatives Simon Patterson and Stephen Evans.

Brogi, a US-born New Zealander who lives in Nelson, holds roles as a Director for Les Mills International, video-on-demand technology platform SHIFT72 and non-profit environmental protection organisation Earth League International. As President of Global Distribution for 20th Century Fox, Brogi was responsible for the worldwide distribution of the company’s vast catalogue of film and television content during a time of unprecedented change as the global entertainment industry transitioned into a digitally led world.

Brogi said:

“I am passionate about contributing to New Zealand-based businesses that can have an impact and punch above their weight on a global scale. I share the country’s passion and pride for our remarkable teams and look forward to working with NZRC to expand our connection with fans worldwide and create sustainable growth.”

Fyfe was Air New Zealand’s CEO from 2005 to 2012 and was credited with leading a transformation in the organisation’s strategy, culture and brand positioning as the national carrier became a recognised leader in the global aviation industry during his time at the helm. Fyfe brings 35 years’ experience as a strategic business advisor and leader within New Zealand and internationally. He was the Chair and CEO of merino wool clothing retailer Icebreaker (2013-2018) and is the current Chair of jewellers Michael Hill International. In 2021 he was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to business and tourism.

Fyfe said:

“My association with New Zealand Rugby which stretches back to my time at Air New Zealand where we were a major sponsor supporting the game and players at both grass roots and the elite level. As a passionate New Zealander, I have a deep respect for the role that rugby has in shaping our sense of national identity in Aotearoa and the role of rugby, and sport in general, in bringing our communities together and developing our young New Zealanders.”

NZRC Chair Ian Narev said:

“We are delighted to have two such high calibre people join our Board, which is now complete. The Board has a diverse range of experiences and skills, and a shared passion for New Zealand rugby, and the opportunities ahead, particularly the use of digital technologies and channels to engage and connect with fans around the world.”

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