John Newbury (image from www.leader.co.za), the former chief executive of Nissan, has announced his retirement from the board of the Sunshine Tour after serving for 17 years, noting that the independent nature of that board has had an important role in the success of professional golf in South Africa.
“It is significant that the Sunshine Tour has an independent board of leading businessmen among whom are the likes of Jeremy Ord, Andrew Mthembu, Gareth Tindall, Dillie Malherbe and Zanosi Kunene, who all give freely of their time simply for the advancement of the game. And this, under the passionate chairmanship of Johann Rupert,” he said.
“That has made the Sunshine Tour a leading light in the administration of sport in South Africa, with all its governance controls well in place. I am proud to have been part of the board and I leave the Tour with a heavy heart. But I leave knowing that professional golf in South Africa is in excellent financial health with a bright future, despite the difficult financial situation in which the world economy finds itself,” he added.
“I am particularly proud of the players on the Sunshine Tour,” he said. “It’s extraordinary that you can turn on a television on the weekend of any given Major championship, and you’re likely to find a South African player in contention – and that player is a product of the Sunshine Tour.”
In the mid-1990s, after it broke away from the PGA of South Africa, Mr Newbury was instrumental in helping the Sunshine Tour’s new board in setting up its governance systems and was a member of the Tour's audit committee and remuneration committee until his recently announced retirement.
He served as chief executive of Nissan South Africa for 17 years until 2000, and he is currently a non-executive director at DimensionData Holdings, chairman of the board at Tracker and the Marc Group, and lead director at Supergroup.
Sunshine Tour executive director Selwyn Nathan said, “On behalf of the chairman and the board of the Sunshine Tour, I’d like to thank John Newbury for his dedicated service to the sport. We will miss his tireless contribution to the game, and we wish him well in his retirement.”