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AFL powerbroker appointed Australian Grand Prix CEO

THE Australian Grand Prix Corporation has found its successor to long-time CEO Andrew Westacott.

Australian Football League powerbroker Travis Auld will take over at the helm next month, with his start date announced as August 14.

Auld has spent the best part of nine years as the AFL’s executive general manager of finance, clubs and broadcast; prior to that he was chief operating officer at the Essendon Bombers and then CEO of the Gold Coast Suns.

“I am looking forward to leading one of the biggest and best international events in the country,” said Auld.

“I want to thank the Victorian Government, specifically the Premier and Sports Minister along with the AGPC Board led by Paul Little for the opportunity to lead the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

“The possibilities are endless on the back of the extraordinary growth that F1 has experienced globally along with MotoGP going from strength to strength.

“My role is to ensure we deliver two world class events that are the best possible experience for drivers, riders, teams, and fans from across the globe.”

AGPC chairman Paul Little added: “I am very pleased to announce Travis as our new CEO who brings a wealth of sports, entertainment and business experience.

“Travis is an outstanding leader and person and he joins the Corporation at an exciting growth period for both our major international events in Formula 1 and MotoGP.”

Since Westacott’s 11-year tenure ended on June 30, the AGPC has been led by acting CEO Dale Nardella and acting deputy CEO Anthony Connelly.

The AGPC runs both the annual MotoGP and Formula 1 events in Australia, which have long-term deals in place through 2026 and 2037 respectively.

Auld is far from the first key appointment to make the switch from AFL to motorsport.

Retiring Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca had previously been North Melbourne Kangaroos’ chief, while Dick Johnson Racing is now under the watch of former AFL coach David Noble.

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