World Cup-winning captain John Smit has resigned from his role as the Sharks’ CEO.
Smit will leave the franchise at the end of the current season citing the desire to spend more time with his family as the reason behind his decision.
“It was an honour for me to represent The Sharks on the field, and it has been an honour for me to work for the Sharks off the field,” Smit said. “I have enjoyed the last three years and greatly appreciate the continuing support of our chairman Stephen Saad, KZNRU President Graham Mackenzie, Supersport and the rest of the Board.
“This decision to resign was not an easy one and it is based primarily on me wanting to focus more of my time on my young family.
“I look forward both to the next challenge in my career and to remaining a frequent visitor to Growthpoint KINGS PARK, my home from home since I was 18 years old.”
Smit, who won 111 caps for South Africa, captained the Springboks to 2007 World Cup glory and was one of the Sharks’ finest players have played for them from 1998 to 2007 and then 2008 to 2011 .
“John is recognised as one of the most successful and respected leaders in our country, and we are grateful for his contribution in guiding the Sharks through a period of transition over the past three years,” Sharks chairman Stephen Saad said. “I am pleased to say he will remain closely associated with the organisation, maintaining a series of key relationships.”