In a statement released on Friday, it was revealed that Wallish had elected not to pursue a further three year term with the the governing greyhound body and will instead leave the organisation entirely.
“I have elected not to pursue renewal of my contract for a further 3-year term and the separation on agreed terms is amicable from the viewpoint of myself and GRV,” Wallish said.
“I am proud of what has been achieved during my term as CEO and pay tribute to the work of GRV’s high-quality staff in doing all and more than was asked of them.
“They are a valuable asset for GRV and it has been a pleasure to work with them under the direction of the Board of the day. I wish everyone involved in the 13 clubs and all members every success.”
The move comes after a tumultuous five month period for the greyhound industry following the infamous Four Corners program titled ‘Making A Killing’, which exposed the practice of live baiting within the industry.
In the weeks after the program aired, the former board of GRV stepped down, despite Racing Commissioner Sal Perna clearing them of any corruptions or cover-ups during the live-baiting saga. A new board was swiftly appointed, headed by Ray Gunston, the former CFO of Tatts Group and interim CEO of the Essendon Football Club.
Last month, Gunston announced that he had accepted an executive role with the AFL and that, while he would remain on the board, he would be stepping down as Chairman – with Bernie Carolan to take up his position.
Gunston spoke on behalf of the board on Friday, wishing Wallish the best, while he also went on to express that some critical times lie ahead for the sport of greyhound racing in Victoria.
“Following the recent release of the Reports of the Racing Integrity Commissioner and the Chief Veterinary Officer, GRV now faces many new challenges in working with the Victorian Government and the Victorian Greyhound Industry participants to implement the recommendations of these reports.”
GRV have not yet detailed who will take over as CEO.