Another Bulls official 'walks away'
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Blue Bulls Company and CEO Barend van Graan have decided to part ways at the end of January 2019.
Van Graan is the second official who has decided to break from the Pretoria based Union this year.
Earlier this year, Willem Straus was named interim President after the resignation of Gert Wessels.
According to Rugby365 understanding, Wessels handed in his resignation after a section within the union tabled a motion of no confidence in him, citing his ‘reckless behaviour’ outside his mandate which ‘ruined’ the union financially. However, Wessels maintained his innocence and has told media that the union – as an equal shareholder – has a responsibility to finance the company pro rata.
It seems like the Blue Bulls company are cleaning up their headquarters.
The Union confirmed via a press release that Van Graan, who has been an ‘absolute asset to the brand’ will leave his role as CEO in January.
President Willem Strauss heaped praise on what Van Graan had achieved with the brand: “Barend is not only the leader of the Blue Bulls Company but also a mentor to his management, staff and players.
“He has embedded a proud culture and heritage, and there is no doubt that his legacy will still inspire us as we move forward.
“Even though it will be sad to see him go, we respect his decision to step back and allow new blood to come in and take over the reins.
“We would like to sincerely wish him all the best in his future endeavours,”
Van Graan will, however, play a role in the handover process and in making sure his replacement is well settled.
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