Australian Karting Association Ltd Chairman Mick Doohan has announced Kelvin O’Reilly as the governing body’s new Chief Executive Officer today.
Australian Karting Association Ltd Chairman Mick Doohan has announced long-time Australian motorsport administrator Kelvin O’Reilly as the governing body’s new Chief Executive Officer today.
Karting will be the fourth motorsport category for Mr O’Reilly who has held numerous roles within the sporting and corporate arena. His experience covers sporting, administration, technical process and control, governance, marketing and commercial areas within organisations including the Touring Car Entrants Group (TEGA), TOCA Australia (FIA Super Touring), Gold Coast Motor Events and Rally Australia.
The strength and appeal of Karting in Australia was demonstrated by the overwhelming response to the role from local and international candidates.
“We had an incredible response for the new role of Chief Executive Officer with many high caliber applicants and we’re delighted to be able to have Kelvin join Karting as we enter the new era,” said Doohan.
Mr O’Reilly will officially begin his role as CEO of the Australian Karting Association on September 1.
"I'm looking forward to working with the Board and Karting Community to finalise the transition to the new corporate structure and long term direction of Australian Karting,” said O’Reilly.
"In conjunction with the Board of Australian Karting Association Ltd I look forward to being able to assist them and guide Karting as a sport in Australia as both a participation sport in its own right for all ages and as an enhanced 'breeding ground' for our future motorsport Champions.
"I look forward in the first few months to meeting with and working with the people that make Karting tick and to ensuring that the future of Karting in Australia realises the vision that the Board and all of our participants have for the sport.”
The AKA has in excess of 7,000 members with 92 Clubs across the country. The Association sanctions more than 700 race meetings and events annually across all States and Territories.
Mick Doohan, Chairman and Competition Director, is joined on the Australian Karting Association Ltd Board by Bradley Collins (Technical), Melissa Holzberger (Administration), Phill Smith (Finance) and Sam Moreton (Marketing).
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