Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) can today announce the appointment of Brendan Parnell as Managing Director of Media and International. As Britain’s largest racing group, ARC operates sixteen racecourses and five greyhound stadia. In addition, ARC owns The Racing Partnership (“TRP”), and is a shareholder in both Sky Sports Racing and Premier Greyhound Racing.
Brendan Parnell has a depth of experience of both the racing and betting industries in his native Australia, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Racing Queensland. Prior to this role, Brendan was Chief Operating Officer, Wagering at Tatts Group, and Managing Director, International at Tabcorp as well as roles in broadcast at Sky.
In his new role at ARC, which he will start in Spring 2023, Brendan will be responsible for ARC’s media rights strategy, encompassing the retail and online gambling sectors, as well as the ongoing development of international business. Brendan will relocate to the UK, where he will be based from ARC’s Head Office in Central London.
Brendan Parnell said, “I am delighted to take up this role at ARC, and look forward to getting underway in early 2023. I have enjoyed a long career across media, wagering and international business, especially my time at Racing Queensland, but the opportunity to get involved in British horse and greyhound racing, on an international level, is hugely exciting.”
ARC Chairman, David Thorpe, said, “Brendan brings with him a wealth of experience in both the racing and betting worlds in Australia. His senior leadership roles across both industries, as well in broadcast with Sky will be hugely valuable to ARC, and we look forward to welcoming him to the team.”