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Waitakere United appoint new CEO

MacGowan, who has also had senior roles with the New Zealand Warriors and New Zealand Golf, has been appointed as the club’s chief executive and starts his initial one-year contract on June 1.
But he will be back in familiar territory as early as this Friday when he meets New Zealand Football officials to discuss planned changes to next season’s ASB Premiership and other matters.
Waitakere chairman Peter Bult says MacGowan’s background as a former national league player and coach along with his administrative roles gives him the experience to lead the club.
General manager David Johnson, who took over from club stalwart Rex Dawkins early in the 2012-13 season, will continue in that role which involves the day-to-day running of the club including match days.
“We are absolutely delighted to have a person of Bill’s expertise and experience coming to Waitakere,” Bult says.
“He brings a wealth of knowledge from his roles at the Warriors and New Zealand Golf which we are sure will be beneficial in our determination to drive the club to be the best in Oceania.”
MacGowan is welcoming the opportunity to again be involved in a sport with which he has enjoyed a long association.
“I have done some work for Auckland Football and New Zealand Football as well as OFC so I have kept in touch,” MacGowan says.
“I see this as a further opportunity to be involved. It is critical we get alongside other member clubs who should be encouraged to play a greater role at Waitakere United. It will be a challenge but one I am looking forward to.”
The Waitakere United board will meet on May 29 at the Bay Olympic clubrooms to ratify a new constitution. The New Lynn-based club is seen as one of the senior clubs among the 11 who support Waitakere United.
The Waitakere board will then have a normal meeting on June 5 at which a season review and other matters will be on the agenda.

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