Ryk Neethling announced as CEO of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA
Ryk Neethling is one of the most accomplished swimmers in history. An Olympic Gold Medalist and the first South African athlete to represent his country in four consecutive Olympic Games, he also holds the title of three-times World Champion and four-times World Record Breaker.
Following his retirement from swimming, Ryk’s successful business career started with the launch of the Ryk Neethling Swimming Schools franchise in 2008 before he moved to the elite Val de Vie Estate in the Western Cape where he is both a Shareholder and the Marketing Director.
“Ryk is a true champion – a man of integrity, talent and remarkable inner strength,” commented Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene (formerly Charlene Wittstock). “He is passionate about water safety and will, I know, take my Foundation from strength to strength in South Africa,” continued the Princess.
“Ryk is certainly one of the greatest swimmers this country has seen and he is keen to use his influence as an athlete to inspire young people and uplift communities. We are all thrilled that he has chosen to take on this new role - he is the right man for the job,” remarked Mr. Gavin Varejes, businessman and president of The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA.
Reflecting on his appointment, Ryk Neethling explained, “Since my swimming career started at the age of five after a near-drowning incident, I have shared the same passion for water safety as Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene. Twenty-five years ago, we both began representing South Africa at international swimming competitions, and it is an incredible honor for me to now be entrusted with the task of leading her Foundation here in our country.”
Additional noteworthy appointments include:
Mtunzi Jonas has been appointed as General Manager: Sponsorships at Absa. He was previously marketing manager at SAB.
Miranda Lusiba has been appointed as new Business Head for The Grind PR.
Glenn Lovett has been appointed as the sole global managing director of Nielsen Sports who, in his new role at the organization, will now lead on all aspects of the global sports business
Jon Dutton has been appointed as chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021. Dutton will commence his role on 11th February 2018, leaving his current post as RFL director of projects & people.
Other new appointees
Phindile Mabe joins MSC Sport from Media Mix 360 as a media buyer
Peter Parmenter has been appointed as managing director of commercial partnerships at Sports service DAZN, with the aim to drive the next phase of the company’s commercial partnerships strategy.