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. Latham 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. From 2009-2013, he 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.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Mr. Chang joined the Board in 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of Westlake International Group, a privately held diversified investment company. He also serves as Chairman of Apex Entertainment.
Mr. Chang is General Partner of D.C. United, and is a member 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 School in Somerset England. His playing career continued during his studies at Harvard, where he played wing-forward. Upon graduation, Mr. Chang played club rugby with the Palo Alto Rugby Club in California.
Robert M. Kimmitt served as Deputy of Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President George W. Bush. Bob graduated from the United States Military Academy of West Point in 1969. While attending West Point, Bob was a distinguished cadet, cadet company commander, and captain of the Rugby Team his senior year.
Bob has been able to blend his roles of soldier, statesman, and businessman and establish himself as a national security and financial policy expert. After graduating from West Point, Bob volunteered for duty in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and became the first in his class to command in combat. For his service in Vietnam, he earned three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. In November of 2004, Bob retired as a Major General in the Army Reserve.
In 1974, as a member of the first class of the military's Funded Legal Education Program, Bob entered Georgetown University Law Center. While attending Georgetown, he began working for the National Security Council Staff. After receiving his law degree in 1977, Bob went on to serve at the White House as National Security Council Executive Secretary and General Counsel from 1983 to 1985. During this period Bob had the rank of Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. From 1985 to 1987, Bob served as General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, where he received the Alexander Hamilton Award as well as the Arthur Flemming Award for distinguished public service.
After leaving public service, Bob served as a partner in the law firm Sidley & Austin for two years. Bob then returned to the public sector, serving as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1989 to 1991. President George H. W. Bush recognized his service during the Gulf Crisis and War by presenting him with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Nation's second highest civilian award. Afterward, Bob was appointed as American Ambassador to Germany from 1991 to 1993 and was awarded Germany's highest decoration, the Order of Merit, as well as the U.S. Defense Department's Public Service Award.
During 1997 Bob became a member of the National Defense Panel, and from 1998 to 2005 he was a member of the Director of Central Intelligence's National Security Advisory Panel, as well as a member of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
After working many years in government, Bob joined the private sector and worked as a managing director for Lehman Brothers; Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One; Executive Vice President of Time Warner Inc.; and Partner and Senior International Counsel in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr.
Bob continued his rugby career after returning from Vietnam, captaining the Ft. Sill Rugby Club and founding and captaining the Ft. Campbell Rugby Club. After law school, he captained the American University Eagles Rugby Club and helped found and captained the Washington Irish Rugby Club. Since then, he has stayed active in rugby, including as a referee, rugby father, and avid Eagles supporter in World Cup and other matches.
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.
Rob is a CEO, Board Member & Director with an extensive and successful general management, marketing, sales, and operations career with premier multi-billion dollar consumer products companies. He has also spent multiple years in a Private Equity environment nourishing and growing entrepreneurial CPG companies. He has consistently demonstrated the skill of aligning large and complex organizations against a common vision. Rob has a track record of acquiring and developing front line, managerial and executive talent to drive both immediate and long term results to support that vision. Rob is also adept at managing complex business models across multiple countries and has consistently pursued and executed initiatives that challenge the status quo. He has an outstanding record of achieving competitive advantage by making highly successful investments in acquisitions, licensing & distribution partnerships, and proprietary technology throughout the supply chain. He also has a fundamental belief in building outward looking business strategies that leverage customer service excellence while attaining category leadership positions.
Rob is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Cytosport Inc., a Benicia, CA company that is a market leader in the rapidly expanding sports nutrition and enhanced protein categories. Rob has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Cytosport since 2012 and he had an ongoing consulting role with the company prior to his election to the CEO role by the Board of Directors in July, 2013. Cytosport is the maker of Muscle Milk Protein powders and drinks and is the number one protein/sports nutrition brand in the United States.
In addition to his CEO and Board Role at Cytosport, Rob is an advisor to TSG Consumer Partners, a San Fransisco, CA based Private Equity Firm with a wide portfolio of investments in the consumer products space. Rob has served as a Consultant and Board Member of multiple TSG portfolio companies including Cytosport of Benicia, CA, Island Oasis of Walpole, MA, and Nuero Beverages of Santa Monica, CA.
Prior to that, Rob had a 21 year general management career at the Pepsi Bottling Group where he was elected EVP and President of North America by the Board of Directors. In his last role, he was the Senior Operating Executive of the bottling businesses in the US, Canada and Mexico; had full P&L responsibility including $500m annual capital investment, business development, sales promotion and marketing budgets; and led 60,000 employees responsible for $12 billion in annual revenue. Rob led the company to realize industry leading revenue, cash flow, ROIC, category market share, and corporate culture reputation results that led Fortune Magazine to name PBG as the second most admired beverage company in the world.
Rob joined Pepsi-Cola North America in 1989 as a Business Development Manager. He rapidly grew his responsibilities and, in 1994 was promoted to Vice President, Customer Development. In 1996, he was named General Manager for the New Jersey Market Unit, a position he held until he joined the headquarter's staff as Vice President, On-Premise Sales in 1998. A year later, he was appointed Vice President, National Sales and Field Marketing, and in 2000, was named Senior Vice President, National Sales and Field Marketing. Rob was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager for PBG's Mid-Atlantic Business Unit in 2002.
Earlier, Rob held a number of sales and marketing positions at Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, and started his career at Procter & Gamble in field sales.
Rob is currently serving on the Board of Directors of USA Rugby, Cytosport Inc., and Island Oasis (the leading fresh frozen drink supplier to the Food Service industry in the US) and during his career he has also served on the Board of the New Community Foundation, and the Sacramento Board of the National Urban League. He received his B.A. degree from Fairfield University.
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.
Congress Rep to the Board of Directors
Jeremiah Johnson is a organizational process specialist. He currently serves as a Business Analyst for Principal Financial Group where he manages software development teams focused on tools supporting retirement plan compliance.
Jeremiah's rugby contributions are similarly focused on professionally growing the game of rugby in the United States. Jeremiah joined the USA Rugby Board of Directors in January 2015, serving in the role of Congress Representative. In addition to this role, Jeremiah is currently President of the Midwest Rugby Union, a Director of the Iowa Youth Rugby Association, a referee on the Midwest Territorial Panel for USA Rugby, and the Head Coach of Iowa's first Varsity rugby team at Southeast Warren High School in Liberty Center, Iowa. He previously served for 10 years as the President of the Iowa Rugby Union and 10 years as a member of the USA Rugby Congress.
Jeremiah began playing rugby for Bremer County RFC while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He lives with his wife and step-daughter in Des Moines.
Brian McClenahan has been with USA Rugby Board of Directors since November 2013, fulfilling the role of International Athlete. His love for rugby began in high school and he continued with his passion for the game throughout college at UC Berkeley. Upon graduation, he furthered his playing career at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. His first foray into the international rugby scene was in 2009 with the Men's National Team versus Wales. Brian retired from the sport after competing in the 2011 World Cup. During his post-college rugby years, Brian balanced his playing time while achieving success in commercial real estate for Cassidy Turley.
Brian and his wife live in San Francisco, where his real estate business continues to thrive.
Ms. Kosanke joins the board having formerly served as USA Rugby's Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to her role at USA Rugby, she was a Vice President at Leo Burnett in Chicago, IL, and oversaw several highly awarded blue-chip consumer product goods (CPG), retail and QSR (quick service restaurant) accounts, including McDonald's. She also led sponsorship activation for various football, Olympics and NASCAR events on Allstate Sports. Kosanke is now CMO of Hayden & Company, a 4x Inc. 500|5000 award-winning real estate and property management group out of Minnesota. She also owns and operates her own marketing consulting agency.
A former USA Women's National Rugby 15s & 7s Team player, Kosanke is a well respected and seasoned rugby veteran having played in both the 2006 and 2009 Women's Rugby World Cups. In 2011, she was named Rugby Magazine's Female Player of the Year. Additionally, Kosanke volunteered on the communications team for the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she played Varsity Softball as an Academic All-American, and earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration.