Former Flutter UK and Ireland CEO Conor Grant has been appointed as the incoming chairman of Racecourse Media Group (RMG).

Grant will initially join as a non-executive director, beginning 1 April 2023, and will succeed chairman Roger Lewis on 1 October 2023. Lewis first joined the RMG board in 2012 and was appointed as chairman in 2019.

Grant has 24 years of experience in the industry, and was most recently chief executive for Flutter UK and Ireland. Before this, he was the chief operating officer of Sky Betting and Gaming.

“I am delighted to be joining Racecourse Media Group at such an exciting time for the business and the broader racing industry,” said Grant. “RMG has delivered outstanding results for its shareholders in recent years and I would like to pay tribute to Roger who has done a fantastic job, along with CEO Martin Stevenson, in growing and developing the business.

“I look forward to working with the RMG team and continuing to deliver for all of our racecourses.”

Outgoing chairman Lewis said that the board supports Grant’s appointment, adding that RMG has secured a positive outlook for the near future.

“It is a tribute to the team at RMG that we have secured Conor as our next chair and we all welcome Chis appointment,” said Lewis. “I am confident that Conor will take RMG to even greater heights in the years to come.

“RMG is in great shape. We are about to announce record results for the past year and I congratulate the executive team at RMG for consistently delivering the best possible returns for our racecourses and the sport of horseracing.”

RMG also announced that non-executive director Andy Anson will be stepping down, having completed his tenure on the RMG board. He joined the board in 2017.

“On behalf of the RMG board, I would also like to thank Andy Anson, who has been a much-valued friend and colleague of us all for the past six years, chairing our audit committee with great skill and commitment,” said Lewis.

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