Hawthorn has today announced Tracey Gaudry will be its next chief executive, marking the first time an AFL club has ever had a woman leading at the top.
Currently a General Manager with Athletics Australia, Gaudry is also a former Olympic cyclist (representing Australia in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics), and describes herself as a “typical kid” growing up in Victoria, “kicking the footy about the oval on the weekend.”
Hawthorn president Richard Garvey said Gaudry will provide “a different perspective” for the club and that they’re delighted to welcome her. “We are excited to have a CEO who comes from outside of the football world, someone with a different perspective who can drive innovation and change,” he said.
“She is a highly-respected figure in the national and international sporting industry and her passion, strong vision and intimate understanding of elite sports make her the perfect CEO for our football club.”
Gaudry has served in a CEO position before, working with the Amy Gillett Foundation for five years.
Today Gaudry noted the significance of the appointment, saying that: “It is a privilege to have built a career in sport over two decades, and to have the opportunity to bring all of my knowledge and experience in national, international, sport-specific and whole-of-sport roles to Hawthorn Football Club.”
Tracey Gaudry has been appointed CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club. 🙌
— Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) May 1, 2017