NZRB names Allen as new chief executive

The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) has appointed John Allen as its new chief executive officer.

Allen will join the NZRB from the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he currently serves as chief executive officer.

Prior to his time with Foreign Affairs and Trade, Allen also held a senior role at domestic postal service New Zealand Post.

Allen will begin his new role at the NZRB in March next year.

“The NZ Racing Board is a NZ$2 billion (€1.3 billion/$1.6 bilion) business that plays a vital role in the New Zealand economy by supporting the racing and sports industries,” Allen said.

“It is also the owner and operator of the TAB which is an exciting commercial enterprise and iconic New Zealand brand.

Glenda Hughes, chair of the NZRB, added: “We are delighted to be able to appoint someone of John’s calibre and experience to this position.

“Throughout the recruitment process we have been seeking a proven strategic leader and business growth agent with international negotiation skills.

“The last point being a consideration as we enter into negotiations for our international wagering and broadcasting rights agreements.”

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