Tony Mestrov will take up one of the toughest administration jobs in the country, after being named new CEO of Greyhound NSW.
Gold Coast Titans executive Tony Mestrov was yesterday appointed CEO of Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW).
Mr Mestrov, who was previously linked to the vacant Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles chief executive role, will take point in a new leadership team that will also include former Racing Victoria’s Dayle Brown.
The leadership strategy has been coordinated by GRNSW chairman and former NSW Premier Morris Iemma, with the aim of driving organisational change and industry reform.
Mr Mestrov proved to be a shrewd operator in his Titans stint, playing an integral role in the signing coup of major drawcard Jarryd Hayne, and resigning of up and coming star Ash Taylor.
He will have his work cut out, after a tumultuous year and a half, which saw former NSW Premier Mike Baird ban greyhound racing in NSW only to reverse his decision three months later after nation-wide backlash.
The stink of live-baiting still lingers around the industry though. Mr Mestrov and his deputy Mr Brown will be tasked with improving the overall image of the sport, as well as getting spectators back to tracks around the state.
Mr Mestrov’s defection to the greyhound industry coincides with the NRL weighing up ownership bids for the Titans’ licence, and the appointment of new head coach Garth Brennan.
Mr Mestrov will begin at GRNSW in mid-November while Mr Brown will commence in December.