Supercars confirms CEO Seamer's resignation

Supercars has confirmed that Sean Seamer has resigned as CEO, effective from the middle of next year.

Supercars confirms CEO Seamer's resignation

As expected Seamer will depart the stint mid-next year off the back of what by that point will be a four-and-a-half year stint in the sport.

Seamer arrived ahead of the 2018 season as a replacement for outgoing series boss James Warburton.

His time at the helm of the category has included negotiating a new $200 million, five-year broadcast deal, the development and launch of new technical regulations and navigating the sale of the series itself.

The major disruption facing Seamer and his team, however, has been the pandemic and the internal border politics that it has entailed in Australia.

Commendably, the Seamer-led organisation has managed to get both the 2020 and 2021 seasons done under the immense pressure of constantly, and quickly, changing border arrangements.

Other matters have seen Seamer come under pressure, including the Gen3 rules, the roll-out of which has been controversial and at times maligned.

Even now launched there is still consternation over details such as the gearshift, which led to a fiery exchange between Seamer and the press at the recent Bathurst 1000.

Sean Seamer , Virgin Australia Supercars

Sean Seamer , Virgin Australia Supercars

Photo by: Dirk Klynsmith / Motorsport Images

Seamer is expected to follow his family to the US once the last six months of his time at Supercars is up.

He will remain as a board member until the end of 2022.

"To navigate a pandemic and deliver two championship seasons, sign a new broadcast agreement, sign a new naming rights partner, complete the sale of the business and launch the Gen3 Supercar is something we should all be proud of," said Seamer.

"The result of this is a business and sport that it is very much on track. Just last weekend at Bathurst we saw how strong this sport remains, with fans returning back to the track and our ratings up 14 per cent.

"The future remains bright.

"The new owners are the set up to take this sport to the next level. I know many of the people involved well, and count some of them as lifelong friends. I can assure you they share the same care and passion for Supercars as all of us.

"Given what we have achieved over the past four years and the calibre of the new ownership group, I feel comfortable that the business and the sport is in the very best of hands. The last two years have been tough for everyone, but with young kids, it’s time for us to be closer to family.

"It is for that reason that I have decided to resign as CEO of Supercars. I will be taking up a new role in the US, details of which will be announced early in the new year."

Supercars chairman Barclay Nettlefold added: “Sean and the team under his leadership have done an outstanding job, particularly in the last two years.

"Sean and I were looking forward to working together, but I completely appreciate his reasons for wanting to move.

"Sean’s not going anywhere soon, and I will work with him and the board to ensure that we have the right successor in place for the Supercars team, our partners and our fans.”

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FULL STATEMENT FROM SEAN SEAMER

To my team, friends, colleagues and the entire Supercars community,

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to you today to announce that 2021 will be my last full season as the CEO of Supercars.

When I took on this role four years ago, I was blown away by the passion that exists in this sport; from my team here at Supercars, to the race teams, fans and sponsors. It is this passion that has seen the sport not only survive the last two years, but thrive.

There are simply too many people to thank for what we have collectively achieved, particularly in the last two years, but I have to thank the hundreds of people who spent weeks and months away from their families, my leadership team and everyone at Supercars who has supported me and the business at every turn.

To navigate a pandemic and deliver two championship seasons, sign a new broadcast agreement, sign a new naming rights partner, complete the sale of the business and launch the Gen3 Supercar is something we should all be proud of.

The result of this is a business and sport that it is very much on track. Just last weekend at Bathurst we saw how strong this sport remains with fans returning back to the track and our ratings up 14 per cent. The future remains bright.

The launch of Gen3 was a resounding success and will ensure that the relevance and reach of the sport continues to grow.

The new owners are the set up to take this sport to the next level. I know many of the people involved well, and count some of them as lifelong friends. I can assure you they share the same care and passion for Supercars as all of us.

Given what we have achieved over the past four years and the calibre of the new ownership group, I feel comfortable that the business and the sport is in the very best of hands. The last two years have been tough for everyone, but with young kids, it’s time for us to be closer to family.

It is for that reason that I have decided to resign as CEO of Supercars. I will be taking up a new role in the US, details of which will be announced early in the new year.

I will remain as CEO until the middle of next year and will remain on the board for the duration of 2022 to ensure a seamless transition and ongoing continuity.

I wish everyone in the Supercars family the happiest of holiday seasons and I look forward to seeing you again at Newcastle in 2022.

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