04/29/2013 5:56PM

NYRA names interim management team


The New York Racing Association’s board of directors on Monday approved an interim management team of three of its top officials as the organization continues to conduct a search for a chief executive officer.

Susanne Stover, NYRA’s chief financial officer, David O’Rourke, NYRA’s vice president of corporate development, and Glen Kozak, NYRA’s vice president of racing surfaces and facilities were approved on Monday as the three-person team.

The triumvirate is expected to fill in for Ellen McClain, NYRA’s chief operating officer, whose last day at NYRA was scheduled to be Tuesday. McClain has been acting as the de facto chief executive of NYRA since the association’s board fired former CEO Charles Hayward nearly a year ago.

The board voted to install the management team as of May 1 and until a new chief executive is brought on board. A formal search for a CEO began earlier this year, and NYRA’S chairman, David Skorton, said at the Monday meeting that interviews with individual candidates are expected to begin this week.

NYRA’s Belmont Park will host the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, on June 8.