Greg Purcell appointed NZTR Chief Executive

The Board of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has appointed Greg Purcell to the position of Chief Executive.

He will take up the position at NZTR on 16 January 2011.

Greg is currently Managing Director of Equinox Consulting Services Pty Ltd in New South Wales, Australia. The company specialises in providing strategic and business planning, business optimisation and project management services to the racing and wagering industries.

Over recent years Greg's clients have included Tabcorp, the New Zealand Racing Board, Harness Racing NSW and Greyhound Racing NSW.

Prior to this Greg held a number of senior management positions in the racing industry including Chief Executive of Racingcorp, Chief Executive of New South Wales Country Racing Council and a senior management position at the Australian Jockey Club.

Guy Sargent, NZTR Chairman, announced the appointment today: "We are delighted to have appointed somebody of Greg's calibre. His wide experience in the racing industry, together with his commercial background, is very good news for thoroughbred racing in New Zealand."

Greg added: "I'm excited by the opportunity of becoming involved in New Zealand racing and the growth prospects for this industry. I am committed to building on NZTR's leadership role in thoroughbred racing in New Zealand and to see further improvements for industry participants and stakeholders."

"I have seen racing from several angles having been a stable hand, an administrator, an owner (of more than 90 horses), a professional bookmaker, and an honorary country racing club official, among other roles."

"I am looking forward to working very closely with stakeholders across all aspects of the New Zealand racing industry."