Greek Australians named among 30 most powerful people in NSW horse racing


John Vellis and Peter V’landys have been named among the top 30 most powerful people in the New South Wales racing industry by The Daily Telegraph.

Who are they and how have they become so successful? The Greek Herald finds out.

Peter V’landys:

Racing NSW chief executive, Peter V’landys, was listed as the most powerful person in the state’s racing industry.

Peter V’landys.

Under his leadership, NSW racing was given a $235 million rescue package during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak, secured the race fields legislation case in the High Court in 2008, and then in 2015 he negotiated with the NSW state government to achieve wagering taxation parity with Victoria.

The Greek Australian has also targeted a younger generation of racegoers by introducing new races including the world’s richest race on turf, the $15 million The TAB Everest in 2017.

V’landys is also the Chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission.

He ripped millions out of the bottom line in the NRL’s head office, kept the game afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped the NRL become the first major sporting code to return to play. He also introduced a raft of rule changes.

John Vellis:

John Vellis is a major player at Tabcorp and Sky.

TAB executive, John Vellis, came in at 12th place on The Daily Telegraph‘s most powerful figures list.

Vellis is armed with more than two decades of media and marketing experience and uses those skills in high profile roles at Tabcorp and Sky Thoroughbred Central.

Vellis has held a senior executive position for a number of years at Tabcorp before his role was expanded to include a managerial role at Sky Thoroughbred Central, the racing channel dedicated to showcasing NSW racing.

Source: The Daily Telegraph.




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