GRNSW Announce New CEO And Deputy CEO
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has today unveiled a new leadership team that will guide the organisation through a significant period of industry reform.
Mr Tony Mestrov has been appointed as GRNSW Chief Executive Officer and Mr Dayle Brown has been appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Mestrov brings with him a wealth of experience in sports administration and business development. He is currently Chief Operating Officer at the Gold Coast Titans rugby league team and was previously the Chief Executive Officer at Hockey NSW.
Mr Brown has been Executive General Manager – Integrity Services at Racing Victoria for nearly a decade during which time he reformed the organisation’s regulatory function, ensuring it is now viewed as a global leader in enforcing the highest levels of integrity and regulation in racing and sports. He has previously held roles at Betfair, Deloitte and Harness Racing Victoria.
GRNSW Chairman Morris Iemma welcomed Mr Mestrov and Mr Brown to the reconstituted GRNSW, stating that the NSW greyhound racing industry and the wider community can have full confidence in both appointments.
“Today’s appointments will help drive the organisational restructure and industry reform that NSW greyhound racing requires if it is to have a sustainable and successful future,” Mr Iemma said.
“Tony Mestrov is a leading sports administrator who has a proven ability of responsibly growing commercial opportunities while expanding and engaging community involvement in various sporting industries. He is very experienced in working with stakeholder groups to identify new opportunities and engage in new and innovative business strategies
“Dayle Brown has shown to be an extremely effective regulator both in the racing, wagering and corporate sector. He will be responsible for implementing the appropriate governance structures both within GRNSW and the NSW greyhound racing industry to ensure they meet best practice while also ensuring animal welfare remains the organisation’s highest priority.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank John Gibbons for acting initially as Administrator and then as Interim CEO over the past year and guiding the NSW greyhound racing industry through what has been an extremely challenging period. John’s professionalism has ensured that the reconstitution of GRNSW has progressed in a timely and responsible manner.”
Mr Mestrov said he was excited about the opportunity presented at GRNSW.
“The NSW greyhound racing industry is full of passionate and committed stakeholders and I look forward to working with the new board of GRNSW to steer the NSW greyhound racing industry towards a sustainable and viable future,” Mr Mestrov said.
Mr Brown added that he was also looking forward to working at the reconstituted GRNSW.
“I look forward to engaging with NSW greyhound racing stakeholders and the wider community as the NSW greyhound racing industry enters into a new era of greyhound racing based on the highest standards of animal welfare and integrity,” Mr Brown said.
The appointment of Mr Mestrov and Mr Brown coincides with the establishment of the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission and the transfer of regulatory and welfare functions from GRNSW, which is due to occur over the coming months. In September, the NSW Government appointed three Commissioners to oversee the establishment of the Commission.
Mr Mestrov will begin at GRNSW on 20 November, while Mr Brown will commence in December.