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GRV Board appoints new CEO for an interim period

Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Chairman Bernie Carolan today announced that the GRV Board has appointed Mr Alan Clayton to the role of CEO for the period until 31 August 2016.

Mr Clayton was most recently the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Court Services Victoria after having directly managed the transition of Victoria’s Courts and Tribunals to form the new stand-alone statutory entity. Mr Clayton has many years of experience in leading organisations through significant change and development.

Mr Clayton brings with him a sound knowledge of the commercial foundations of greyhound racing having worked with some of the industry’s stakeholders through his leadership role in the commercial tendering of Victorian Gambling Licenses.

Mr Clayton will commence in the role on Wednesday August 12 with the primary task of leading GRV, and the broader greyhound industry, through its response to the recent Milne and Perna reports. In addition he will lead GRV’s contribution to the review into the integrity structures across the entire Victoria Racing Industry currently being conducted by Paul Bittar.

GRV Chairman Bernie Carolan said, “The appointment is a critical one at a time of uncertainty for all in the industry. Mr Clayton’s experience in navigating organisations through times of significant change was very important to us in appointing him.”

“Given the position the Victorian greyhound industry finds itself in, Mr Clayton’s understanding of governance frameworks and proven ability to align industry stakeholders with management will be critical to ensuring GRV and the industry can position itself for a sustainable future.”

“Once the future shape of the organisation is known, after Mr Bittar’s report is delivered, the GRV Board will undertake a comprehensive search for a CEO beyond Mr Clayton’s tenure. That is why we have appointed Mr Clayton for an interim period.”

Mr Clayton said of his appointment, “I am looking forward to helping GRV and the greyhound racing industry through what is a very difficult time. I realise there is much to do and, whilst I have some background knowledge, I have much to learn. I will rely heavily on the extensive knowledge of the participant base, and the existing administration, to inform our way forward and I’m sure that together we can set the sport up for a bright future.”

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