Motorsport Australia has announced Sunil Vohra as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Vohra, who has extensive executive experience across a range of industries around the world, will begin his role in November.
With 15 years of expertise in leadership roles in ASX and NFP organisations, Vohra combines an extensive international business background with motorsport experience as a competitor.
Vohra’s career spans ASX200 C-Suite appointments alongside Managing Partner consulting experience, as well as co-founding a digital indexing platform supporting environment, social and governance standards.
His ASX200 expertise includes six years as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive of Risk Services within the $2 billion insurance services business, AUB Group Ltd. Prior to that he led transformation of the CGU business at Insurance Australia Group and spent over a decade working in the UK.
Most recently, Vohra was the founder and Managing Partner of The Workability Index & TWI Advisory, where he worked with a number of high-profile commercial and NFP clients, including the Australian Medical Association.
Melbourne born, he is also a long-time motorsport competitor and enthusiast, describing the sport as his “lifelong passion”. He is a Motorsport Australia licence holder and current racer – most recently competing at state level in his Porsche 997.2 Cup car.
Motorsport Australia President Andrew Fraser congratulated Vohra on his appointment to the CEO role.
“Sunil has an extensive history in commercial and risk management settings, with his expertise developed across both complex ASX enterprises as well as not-for-profit organisations,” Fraser said.
“We were looking for someone with strong leadership credentials, a proven record of achievement and execution and Sunil brings that alongside a passion for our sport.
“His experience in leading digital transformation, and in insurance, risk and governance will also greatly benefit Motorsport Australia as an organisation, as well as the sport more broadly. His knowledge and networks within motorsport, insurance and risk will also be key to his, and our, success.
“Throughout the recruitment process, Sunil stood out. Both the selection committee and the Board are confident that he will bring energy, fresh ideas and his significant industry networks to the table, benefitting all our stakeholders, and most certainly our competitors, clubs and officials.”
Vohra said he was thrilled to take on his new role, highlighting his passion for the sport as well as the opportunity to use his industry experience to take the sport to the next level.
“I am very proud to be joining Motorsport Australia and look forward to working closely with the Board, the wonderful staff and our many stakeholders to build on those relationships and meet the many people that help make this sport so great,” Vohra said.
“This opportunity to be part of an organisation that plays such a vital role in the Australian sporting landscape is one that I am excited and honoured to take on.
“I am eager to utilise my experience, insights and strategic ideas as part of the Motorsport Australia team, to lead an exciting new era in the organisation’s history.
“Motorsport is a lifelong passion of mine. I fondly remember my early motorsport experiences like watching the TWR Jaguar win Bathurst in 1985, through to more recently standing on the grid at 5am at the iconic Mount Panorama for the start of the Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this year.
“The sport is full of passionate people. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy the camaraderie of the grassroots motorsport community as a competitor in state level racing and I look forward to meeting more of the vast network of motorsport stakeholders in the months ahead. We all share a love of the sport and a commitment to see it grow. It’s a treat to be part of it.”
Fraser also thanked those who had been part of the application process, noting the exceptional list of candidates that had applied for the position.
“We were very pleased with the strength and the quality of the applicants, all showcasing their own unique and impressive qualities,” Fraser added.
“We’d like to thank all those who took the time to apply and for the effort they put in throughout the selection process.”
Vohra’s appointment comes off the back of Eugene Arocca’s retirement announcement after an impressive 11 years in the CEO chair.
Arocca will remain in the role until later this year, assisting in the formal handover with Vohra, along with the Board and Motorsport Australia staff.
“It’s fair to say Motorsport Australia has come a long way in that time and Eugene has been the driving force in the organisation’s positive transformation over many years,” Fraser added.
“Together with the Board and administration, we look forward to showing our gratitude for Eugene’s efforts as we celebrate his legacy in the weeks ahead and then look forward to the next chapter in Motorsport Australia’s mission to serve our sport and the members who rely on us to deliver motorsport across Australia.”