The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is delighted to officially welcome Steve Rosich as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He assumes the role today following a transition period that commenced in September.
Mr Rosich becomes the 13th CEO of the VRC, bringing over 20 years’ experience in sports administration to the Club, including in senior executive roles at two AFL clubs that are market leaders in membership, partner engagement and growth.
Mr Rosich was CEO of the Fremantle Dockers for 11 years, leading the Club through its most successful period.
Under his leadership, Fremantle significantly grew its membership, delivered Australia’s largest football club administration and high performance facility and the best stadium experience in the AFL at Perth's Optus Stadium.
VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott further endorsed Mr Rosich’s appointment.
“I wish Steve all the very best as he takes up this critical role for the VRC. The Club’s future vision and strategic direction is an ambitious one, and we look forward to seeing the benefits of the skills and business acumen he brings to the Club,” Mrs. Elliott said.
“In welcoming Steve, we must also pay tribute and acknowledge the outstanding job done by our outgoing CEO Neil Wilson. He has led the VRC team magnificently in all aspects of our diverse business.
“As Chairman, I would like to thank him sincerely on behalf of the entire Board, for the dedicated, diligent and visionary way he has applied his many talents to the VRC. Personally, I’d like to thank him for the extremely productive, collaborative and positive relationship we shared as Chairman and CEO.”
On officially commencing in the role, Mr Rosich said he looks forward to further growing the VRC’s membership base, revenues and event experience as the Club emerges from the challenges of a year like no other.
“The VRC, like all sporting organisations, has weathered unprecedented challenges in delivering Australia’s most iconic racing carnival in the midst of a pandemic,” Mr Rosich said.
“However, it inspired the Club to innovate and deliver an incredible at-home experience for our members and all racing fans, helping us connect with new and broader audiences.
“I’m excited by the opportunity we now have to continue to further grow those connections, building on the fantastic work of the Board and Executive team to further drive the future success of the VRC, racing in Australia and the experience of all industry stakeholders.
“My initial priorities will include the safe return of members, owners and spectators to Flemington Racecourse as soon as possible. With planning well underway, we hope that with the continual easing of restrictions we will be welcoming racegoers back for the Club’s two race days in December.”