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STRI appoint Mark Godfrey as new CEO

News / 9th May 2016

STRI Group are delighted to announce that Mark Godfrey has been appointed chief executive officer effective May 2016.

Mark, who joined the company in 2006, previously held the position as Australasia managing director and prior to that Group finance director.




“I am honoured to have been selected as STRI’s next CEO,” he said. “We are an organisation guided by our mission to deliver sustainable, elite sports surfaces across the globe through our design and consultancy services. We also spearhead 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. We want to develop 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 have reinforced their position as market leader in the sports turf industry. Significant investments have been made, including the development of a new research facility in Queensland, Australia and the launch of design and research hubs in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

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

STRI Group director, Lee Penrose, 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. STRI aims to build on the successes it has achieved through strong relationships with long standing clients and as it looks to grow in domestic and international markets.”