STRI Group announces appointment of new CEO

Global sports facility consultants and sport industry research specialists, STRI, has announced that Mark Godfrey has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the STRI Group, effective May 2016. Mark previously held the position as Australasia Managing Director and prior to that Group Finance Director. He joined the company in 2006.

Mr. Godfrey said:

I am honoured to have been selected as STRI’s next CEO. We are an organisation guided by our mission to deliver sustainable, elite sports surfaces across the globe through our design and consultancy services and by spearheading the development of cutting-edge research trials for the advancement of the global sports industry. It is a privilege to be part of an organisation that aims to exceed client expectations by providing high quality services and innovative solutions; as well as developing our team of talented professionals and have a positive and meaningful impact on the communities in which we work.

During the past five years, STRI has reinforced its position as a market leader and significant investments have been made, including the development of a new office and research facility in Queensland, Australia, and the launch of design and research hubs in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

In 2015, the company welcomed Melbourne based SportsTurf into the STRI Group and at the start of 2016, announced a strategic partnership with the Aspire Zone Foundation in Qatar to establish a centre of excellence for natural sportsturf research and development.

Lee Penrose, one of the STRI Group Directors, said:

The Company is delighted to welcome Mark Godfrey as STRI’s global Chief Executive Officer; he has been instrumental to STRI’s evolution over recent years. We are convinced that together with the members of the Management Board and staff at STRI he will be able to accelerate STRI’s growth ambitions globally while continuing to deliver outstanding results for existing clients. Mark possesses a wealth of industry experience and with his financial background is well placed to head the company as it builds on the successes it has achieved through strong relationships with long standing clients and as it looks to grow in domestic and International markets.