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Motorsport Australia CEO announces retirement

MOTORSPORT Australia will have a new figurehead at the helm in 2024 after Eugene Arocca announced his end-of-year retirement.

Arocca today told staff of his decision, and his intention to stay until the end of 2023 to allow for a smooth transition.

Recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson has been appointed to lead the search for Motorsport Australia’s next CEO.

Arocca has held the role since 2012.

“This is a very emotional day for me but I know that while I still have some time in the chair to come, when I do walk out the door on my final day, I will walk away extremely proud of the 11 years and what has been achieved,” he said.

“To the Motorsport Australia Board and staff, both past and present, I thank you for your support and for making this journey such a wonderful one.

“I am particularly grateful for the outstanding support I have received from past president Andrew Papadopoulos and current president Andrew Fraser.

“To the members, the officials, fans and everyone who makes our sport what it is, thank you for your dedication and commitment. There are too many people to thank, but the sport is a welcoming one that has an amazing future ahead.

“While I still have some months to go in this role, I know there will be no slowing down as 2023 finishes off on a high with a lot of events and plenty of work to do.

“I will continue to be involved in the sport in some way, particularly as a fan at the many events around Australia that make our sport so great.”

Among Arocca’s ongoing projects is for a Victorian Home of Motorsport – including a Supercars-level racetrack – to be established at Avalon.

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Fraser paid tribute to Arocca’s achievements.

“Eugene has a very long list of achievements and under his leadership the organisation and the sport has made significant strides,” he said.

“Eugene’s been a very effective leader of our organisation and our sport, which both enjoy a strong reputation not just here in Australia, but globally.

“Motorsport Australia is seen around the world as one of the leading motorsport bodies and Eugene has played a significant role in ensuring the skills, expertise and the people who represent our brand are the best they can be.

Eugene Arocca. Pic: Supplied

“Motorsport Australia’s reputation remains strong thanks to Eugene’s promotion of the sport, allowing it to enjoy significant and strong relationships with governments across the country.

“A clear example of this is the Victorian Government’s support for the development of the future Victorian Home of Motorsport at Avalon which has the potential to transform our sport.

“On behalf of the entire board, we say thank you to Eugene and look forward to working with him to effect a planned and smooth transition.

“We appreciate Eugene giving advance notice so that we are able to now conduct a recruitment exercise.

“The Motorsport Australia Board and the Standing Nominations Committee are leading the extensive search for the next CEO.

“Odgers Berndtson have been appointed as our executive search firm and the process is already well underway.”

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