The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have today landed a major coup with the appointment of respected Australian sports administrator Graham Annesley as the club’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Annesley boasts almost 20 years experience as a sport administrator, headlined by his previous position as the NRL’s Chief Operating Officer, before successfully entering politics as the Minister for Sport and Recreation with the NSW Government in March, 2011.
The 56-year-old was one of many strong candidates considered for the Titans CEO position and has been appointed due to his passion for rugby league and his strong background as one of the country’s leading sports administrators.
Mr Annesley will commence as Titans CEO in mid September.
iSelect Titans Chairman Darryl Kelly said Mr Annesley’s wealth of experience as a sports administrator, particularly in rugby league, would be a valuable asset to the club.
“Graham has an outstanding reputation within the game and it’s extremely significant that an individual with such a reputation for professionalism and integrity has elected to join the club as our new CEO,’’ said Kelly.
“We considered a number of strong candidates for the position and we are fortunate to have someone of Graham’s calibre joining the club.
“We have gone through an extensive process of due diligence in making this appointment and we believe Graham is the best person to help take this club into the future.’’
Mr Annesley said he had enjoyed his Ministerial role with the New South Wales Government but was excited about the challenge of returning to rugby league to help grow what has already been achieved at the Titans.
“In my former role at the NRL, I worked closely with the Titans bid team prior to the Club’s admission to the NRL in 2007,’’ Mr Annesley said.
“I have always believed the Titans have an incredibly bright and exciting future. The Club has the potential to consistently rank among the leading and most recognisable brands in the country - sporting or commercial.
“With the potential to build on the sound foundations that have been established over the past seven years, I have no doubt the best is yet to come and I’m excited about what lies ahead.’’
Mr Annesley has over 30 years involvement within rugby league, commencing as a first grade referee in 1982. He controlled more than 250 first grade games during a distinguished refereeing career including Finals, State of Origin and Test matches before retiring to focus on his administration career in 1997.
Mr Annesley made an immediate impact in his early years as a sports administrator and is credited with introducing the video referee system to the NRL.
In his role as Chief Operating Officer at the NRL, Mr Annesley was instrumental in helping rebuild the NRL brand following the Super League period ultimately preparing the game for a smooth transition to the establishment of the independent commission.
Prior to his professional career in sports administration, Mr Annesley held executive roles with major private sector and Government organisations.