Travis Auld is set to become the CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC). He is being drafted in to fill the void left by Andrew Westacott, who recently retired as CEO.
Auld, who is set to take office by mid-August, hails from a rigorous background in Australian Football League (AFL), the leading sporting code in Australia. As the current Executive General Manager Finance, Clubs, and Broadcast, Auld has vast management experience.
In his time within football, Auld served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Essendon Bombers and the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Coast Suns. Auld was also a contender for AFL’s CEO role, but Andrew Dillon was selected instead.
The transition will have Auld at the helm of both the Formula 1 and MotoGP Australian Grands Prix. In his words, “I am looking forward to leading one of the biggest and best international events in the country. I want to thank the Victorian Government, specifically the Premier and Sports Minister along with the AGPC Board led by Paul Little for the opportunity to lead the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.”
He adds, “The possibilities are endless on the back of the extraordinary growth that F1 has experienced globally along with MotoGP going from strength to strength. My role is to ensure we deliver two world-class events that are the best possible experience for drivers, riders, teams, and fans from across the globe.”
Ben Carroll, Victoria’s Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport, and Major Events is excited by the prospect of working with Auld and believes Auld is a driven leader who will steer the AGPC towards continued growth and successful delivery of world-renowned motorsport events. Carroll also expressed gratitude towards Andrew Westacott for his 11-year run as AGPC CEO, saluting him for an exceptional job.
While Auld’s transition leaves a significant void in the AFL, he is appreciated and will be missed. Outgoing AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan thanked Auld for his remarkable service, saying, “Trav’s ability to navigate complex scenarios, complimented by his collaborative approach and work ethic has led to many great outcomes for the industry.” McLachlan also commends Auld for doing an extraordinary job in his portfolio, leaving AFL with respect, admiration, and significant impact. As Auld gets ready to start a new chapter as Grand Prix CEO, McLachlan adds: “On behalf of everyone at the AFL, we thank Trav for his 20-plus years of service to footy and congratulate him on his new role”