John Harnden AM appointed as Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation

The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria, today announced the appointment of John Harnden AM as Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC).

Mr Harnden has over 25 years of involvement with Formula One and motorsport. He joined the AGPC board in 2006, became Deputy Chairman in March 2007 and succeeds Mr Ronald J Walker AC CBE, who stood down from the role on 28 April this year. 

Mr Harnden paid tribute to the Victorian Government and Mr Walker for his mentorship over many years.

A former AGPC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Harnden has built a reputation as a global leader in sport and major events, working as Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015, the South Australian Cricket Association, Village Roadshow International Theme Parks and the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation.

The AGPC is responsible for staging the annual Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

Quotes attributable to Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Mr John Harnden AM

"I would like to thank Premier Andrews and the Victorian Government for their confidence in me and look forward to working with everyone to ensure these great events continue to not only showcase and benefit the state of Victoria but also provide unforgettable experiences for the fans.

"I wish to congratulate Ron Walker for his vision and leadership over 23 years to make the Formula 1®Australian Grand Prix and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix two of the most iconic sporting events in Australia. His contribution to events in Victoria and motorsport in particular is unparalleled. His enthusiasm and relentless energy has been instrumental in showcasing Melbourne and regional Victoria to the world.  

"It has been a privilege to work alongside him. 

"The Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix and Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix have entertained fans over the past two decades.  

"This appointment is a great honour and I am excited by the opportunity to be able to build upon the success that Ron and the team have achieved.

"I have been fortunate to have been involved in many global events.  I passionately believe that Melbourne is the sporting capital of the world and want to ensure that Melbourne remains in pole position." 


Chief Executive Officer 
2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Organising Committee
2012 – 2015

Chief Executive Officer 
South Australian Cricket Association
2010 – 2012

Chief Executive Officer 
International Theme Parks
Village Roadshow Limited
2007 – 2010

Chief Executive Officer 
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation
2002 – 2006

Chief Executive Officer 
Australian Grand Prix Corporation
1998 – 2002

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