THE Fiji Rugby Union board has relieved its chief executive officer Manasa Baravilala of his duties yesterday.
FRU board chairman Filimone Waqabaca in a statement said "the board has decided to exercise its option to end its employment contract with the current chief executive officer, Mr Manasa Baravilala, effective immediately, and advertise this role at the earliest convenience".
This follows the board's review of FRU's operations and intends to implement reforms and improvements to the administration, management and operations of the FRU business during its term.
While not stating the exact reason behind Baravilala's termination, Waqabaca said the decision was taken as a "strategic and formal step" to achieve the goals set by the board.
He added the decision was made after consultation with the relevant stakeholders.
Waqabaca will assume certain executive responsibilities, as the executive chairman of the FRU, until a suitable replacement has been appointed.
"I take this opportunity to thank the members of the rugby council and all stakeholders for their continued support of the board in its elected mandate to reform the operations of the FRU," Waqabaca said.
Baravilala formally started with FRU on a three-year contract on January 1, 2012.
He was sought for his strong marketing background after having served in highly responsible positions in some reputed organisations in Fiji and abroad.