Former Springbok captain John Smit has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sharks, effective 1st July 2013.
Smit takes over the reins from current CEO, Brian van Zyl, who will mentor the World Cup-winning skipper until his pre-agreed retirement date of 28th February 2014.
"John Smit's appointment marks the dawn of a new and exciting era at The Sharks (Pty) Ltd," said Stephen Saad, the Chairman of the Sharks Board of Directors.
"We look forward to welcoming the favourite son of South African Rugby to his new role as CEO. We pledge our support and commitment to him and have every confidence that he will embrace his new role, with the same leadership, spirit and vigour that he displayed as the most capped Springbok captain and player of all time."
Having spent thirteen years of his professional career with the Sharks, Smit returns to the province where it all began for him.
He has become the most respected and decorated rugby player in South African history and his achievements both on and off the field are well documented. He is a natural leader and has an innate ability to rally his troops and get the best out of his team.
John Smit's Stats and Achievements:
- Was capped 111 times for the Springboks in a 12 year international career (2000-2011)
- Represented South Africa at three Rugby World Cups
- Captained the Springboks on 83 occasions
- Represented The Sharks on 186 occasions (61 Currie Cup and 125 Super Rugby caps) between 1998 and 2011
- Captained the Springboks to Rugby World Cup glory in 2007
- Tri-Nations winner in 2004 and 2009
- Captained the Springboks in their series win against the British and Irish Lions in 2009
- Retired as the most-capped Springbok of all time and the most-capped international captain of all-time.