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Hawkesbury Race Club appoints new CEO

Hawkesbury Race Club Pty Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of Ken Rutherford as its new CEO, effective early February 2020.

Rutherford is currently the CEO of the Waikato Racing Club in Hamilton, New Zealand. He comes to Hawkesbury with extensive experience in the racing and wagering industry, and has held senior roles in Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand.

He is a former New Zealand cricketer who enjoyed a ten-year career with the national team, and was captain for a period in the 1990’s.

Raised in Dunedin, New Zealand, Rutherford completed a post-graduate certificate programme in strategic management, marketing and finance, during a spell with the New Zealand TAB as its Head Bookmaker and part-time Trackside TV presenter.

After five years working as Head of Sports Betting for Singapore Pools in Singapore from 2006, Rutherford headed to South Africa where he was Media Executive for Phumelela until 2013, taking charge of their TV channel, Tellytrack, as well as Phumelela’s publishing and digital platforms.

Rutherford then returned to New Zealand to commence his current position of CEO at Waikato Racing Club.

Announcing Rutherford’s appointment, Hawkesbury Race Club Chairman said “Ken Rutherford was chosen in a competitive selection process from a strong field of candidates, both internally and externally. Mr Rutherford is extremely qualified for the position and the Hawkesbury Race Club; Board of Directors look forward to working with him to progress the club forward.”

Commenting on Ken Rutherford’s appointment, current acting CEO Lea Porteous said: “Ken is an exciting addition to the team, and I am delighted to be handing over the reins to such a qualified candidate.”

Reflecting on his appointment, Ken said “I am excited and delighted to be joining the team at the Hawkesbury Race Club and look forward to working with everyone at the Club”

Ken, who was born and educated in New Zealand, will relocate to Sydney with his wife and two daughters.

For further information or comments please contact:

Lea Porteous

Business Manager

t 02 45772263 | m 0416 213131


Kara Dixon

Marketing Executive

t 02 4560 5200 | m 0408 770 128