In late 2018 Autex Industries managing director Rob Croot was appointed as the new chairman of the Vodafone Warriors board.He replaces Cameron McGregor, who stood down unexpectedly as club chairman and resigning from the Auckland Rugby League. Cameron still remains on the board as deputy chairman.
In May 2018 Rob Croot, Managing Director of Autex Industries (a Rosebank business with a long-standing history of supporting rugby league) joined Autex owner Mark Robinson to became part-owners of the Vodafone Warriors with the Carlaw Heritage Trust (which is an arm of the Auckland Rugby League).
Autex took on a 33 per cent share in the club when the partnership purchased the Warriors from former long-time owner Eric Watson.
Since Autex and Carlaw Heritage Trust took control of the Warriors, McGregor has been under pressure to relieve himself of at least one of his three titles.
“I have stood down as chairman of the Warriors and stood down completely from the ARL board,” McGregor confirmed
“There’s a very capable replacement at the Warriors with Rob taking over and I’ll still be on the board as deputy.”
The new owners of the Warriors say providing a stable platform for the rugby league club is their priority.
“We’re here for the long term and we want to bring stability to the club. It’s all about the future and providing the platform to enable the club to go into the future with confidence.”
Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George said it “will be business as usual” for the club following Rob’s appointment.