Johannesburg – Former Springbok coach Rudolf Straeuli has been appointed as the new CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union, the Lions said in a statement.

GLRU president Kevin de Klerk said Straeuli would take over from Manie Booysen on June 1.

Booysen, who joined the GLRU on contract in January 2013, had the responsibility of re-structuring the business, including the Ellis Park Pty Ltd organisation. He did this alongside all stakeholders at the union.

His mandate also included, together with the Board, executive council and staff of the GLRU, to work towards the Lions regaining their position as participants in the Super Rugby competition.

His services will still be called upon as and when required over the upcoming months.

Booysen thanked the president and GLRU board for the opportunity afforded him, being part of a team involved in a turnaround process within the Lions business.

“The highlights of my relatively short period in office include the GLRU's successful hosting of the Springboks versus All Blacks Test in October 2013 and the performances of all GLRU teams during the 2013 season,” Booysen said.

De Klerk expressed his gratitude towards Booysen for his commitment throughout his tenure in office.

“Lions Rugby has a clear and sincere appreciation for Booysen's contributions to the union over his time in office,” De Klerk said.

“His integrity and passion for the Lions has been of the highest calibre and the Union can only express their profound appreciation for his commitment to the Lions and the game of rugby as a whole.”

De Klerk, together with the GLRU Board and staff wish Booysen every success with his future endeavours and welcome Straeuli into his new role. – Sapa