The Panthers Group is proud to announce that Chief Executive Officer Warren Wilson has been honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List.

The esteemed honour is formal recognition of Mr Wilson’s significant service to business and commerce through the sports entertainment industry, and to the community of western Sydney.

Over the last three decades, he has successfully combined his love of rugby league with a distinguished career in business.

From humble beginnings as the 19-year-old treasurer of St Marys Junior Rugby League Football Club, his passion for business soon blossomed as he worked with a team to acquire land in western Sydney and then build the St Marys Rugby League Club.

He oversaw highly-effective restructuring during his four-year tenure as CEO of Sky Channel and his reputation for acute business acumen was enhanced further as he spent five years as Chief Executive at TAB Ltd.

Mr Wilson became Panthers Group CEO in March 2012 and immediately began championing fundamental changes which took the rugby league club from the brink of insolvency to the position of strength and stability it enjoys today.

Working closely with Phil Gould AM, Mr Wilson implemented a clear strategic direction for the club and inspired an ongoing evolution which has seen the Panthers set new benchmarks for success, both on and off the field.

Just 18 months after he started work at the Panthers, the club was named Australia’s most valuable sporting brand.

“I'm overwhelmed to have been acknowledged. I’m exceptionally humbled by it and it is an honour in which I take great pride,” Mr Wilson said.

The Panthers Group is privileged to have Mr Wilson at the helm and the organisation is extraordinarily proud he has been honoured with one of the country’s highest distinctions.