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Collar bomb hoax victim's father takes over at ARU

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New ARU boss Bill Pulver.

New ARU boss Bill Pulver. Photo: Getty Images

Bill Pulver, the father of collar bomb hoax victim Madeleine, is the new chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU).

The ARU confirmed the appointment of multi-millionaire businessman Pulver on Wednesday to replace the long-serving John O'Neill who has already left the post.

ARU chairman Michael Hawker said Pulver's corporate experience was a key factor in the appointment.

Victim ... Madeleine Pulver.

Victim ... Madeleine Pulver. Photo: Ben Rushton

“The ARU Board was looking for a specific skill set and, benchmarking against those criteria, we have found the right man for the job,” said Hawker.
 
“We wanted someone with proven commercial success at CEO level, with international business experience and a love of rugby.
 
“The [ARU] board also set priorities around good communication skills and an understanding of the world of sports marketing and media.

Pulver was previously based in New York where he was chief executive of global research firm NetRatings which was taken over by Nielsen in 2007 at a reported cost of $820 million.

Pulver, who landed the job ahead of 50 people worldwide who had expressed interest, has served as CEO of companies in Australia, Japan, the UK and the US for the past two decades.

Pulver is relishing the switch to sporting administration with the ARU.

‘‘I’m 53 years old and I think I’ve finally discovered what I wanted to do with my life,’’ Pulver said.

‘‘I have for the last 20 years been a chief executive working in a very-diverse range of industries and now I feel incredibly privileged to be able to take those CEO skills and apply them to the game I love.’’

Pulver promised to consult ‘‘relentlessly’’ with Australian rugby stakeholders to ensure a collaborative approach.

He also said it was important to maintain a high-performance culture to ensure the Wallabies could be the No.1 team in the world.

The Pulver family made headlines in 2011 when the collar bomb hoax occurred at their family home in Mosman.

Madeleine's attacker was jailed in November for 10 years.

Pulver was educated at Shore representing the school as rugby, he also represented GPS representation and played grade rugby for University of NSW.

His son Angus was halfback for the Australian Schoolboys in 2012.

Fairfax Media and AAP

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