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Greyhound board announces new CEO

The Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) board this week announced the appointment of Bodelle Francis (pictured) as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

She has extensive experience in the racing sector, having held the role of acting CEO and chair at the SA Jockey Club (SAJC), as well as other directorship roles within the organisation over a 10-year period.

During that time, Francis successfully recruited a new CEO, strengthened the relationship between the SAJC, the country clubs and the governing body, as well as helping to conduct South Australia’s first million-dollar races.

Prior to her senior leadership roles at the SAJC, Francis had been the group general manager at the Francis Group which included a portfolio of four hotels and Finniss Lodge – a 200-hectare horse training facility. She also has strong family ties in both the thoroughbred and greyhound racing codes.

Her appointment follows an extensive recruitment process which attracted strong applications nationally from within the racing and sporting industries, as well as the wider business community.

She will commence in the role on April 27 after resigning as the general manager of the Oval Hotel. Francis is replacing Matt Corby who left in January after 11 years with GRSA to take up a position with The National Golf Club in Victoria.

In joining GRSA, Francis said she had always been a proud member of the racing community and was passionate about growing and protecting racing in South Australia.

“I feel privileged to be returning to a leadership role within that community and look forward to taking on the opportunities and challenges unique to the code.

“I expect to be spending a lot of time getting to know the main stakeholders – talking to owners, trainers and members and really gaining a sound understanding of the community, which obviously is the fabric of the code.”

GRSA chairman, Grantley Stevens, said the board of directors was very excited by the appointment of Francis.

“Her skill and experience in both racing and hospitality will be a great asset to the industry,” he said.

“She will be a great fit for the culture of the business and racing code, with strong stakeholder management and passion for the industry. We look forward to seeing her lead the greyhound industry to further growth.”

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