The highly paid chief executive of the state-run NZ Racing
Board has quit with eight days' notice, leaving the board
without a replacement and the public without a reason for his
The resignation of former banking executive Chris Bayliss,
47, was announced yesterday, less than two years after he
started the job.
The role of running the body, which oversees racing and
betting, had an annual pay packet of more than $1 million.
Harness Racing Trainers and Drivers Association president
John Lischner said he was "very sorry to see him go".
"I thought he was making a difference," Mr Lischner said.
Board chairwoman Glenda Hughes issued a statement saying Mr
Bayliss was leaving in eight working days after "achieving
much during his two-year tenure at NZRB".
When contacted, Ms Hughes said: "The statement is all I
intend to say."
- By David Fisher of the New Zealand Herald