RITA Strengthens Executive Leadership With Latest Appointments

New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) has strengthened its Executive Leadership Team (ELT) after Jessica Meech and Sam Moncur’s appointments were announced.

Meech will be joining the company’s executive team on a secondment basis as its new General Counsel, moving from her role as Head of Risk & Regulatory Affairs.

In the meantime Moncur will serve as the new general finance manager of the leadership team, also on a secondment basis. Currently Moncur is the head of media operations and commercial development at RITA.

“Our ELT values diversity of thought and leadership, and Meech and Moncur’s skills and understanding of the business and its people will be invaluable as full participating members of the ELT – particularly as we transition to, and become, TAB NZ,” RITA said.

The racing body confirmed earlier this year that it had started searching for TAB NZ’s first chief executive, following the country’s racing sector reform.

The search was conducted by Caldwell Partners, executive recruitment specialists, who were asked to find a candidate with “proven experience in Australasia across the wagering, gaming or similar sectors”.

The new recruit will take over from John Allen, who at the end of last year confirmed his resignation. Dean McKenzie has taken up the position of interim CEO, and will be in charge of overseeing the transformation of RITA into TAB NZ from January to June 2020 until a new CEO is hired.

According to RITA, McKenzie’s appointment to Executive Chair will ensure RITA maintains the momentum of significant urgent reform required to revitalise racing, while providing continuity and stability in the management of the day to day activities of the TAB’.