Chairman pays tribute to Roger Cowan, OAM

Panthers chairman Dave O’Neill has paid tribute to former chief executive Roger Cowan, OAM, who passed away on Wednesday.

"All of us at Panthers are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Roger Cowan OAM,” he said in a club statement released today (October 5).

"As CEO of Panthers from 1965 through to 2005, the longest leader in the club's history, Roger was a dedicated and passionate trailblazer.

"His entrepreneurial spirit and vision grew Panthers into the business it is today.

"His leadership was energetic and hands-on, and he gave great importance to the club's employees' interests, wellbeing and goals.

"His emphatic belief that the growth and success of the club could only be attributed to his colleagues and members made him one of a kind.

"On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team, our employees and members, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Cowan family."