Drew will start next month in the role left vacant when Ross Gigg died suddenly on May 8 from a heart attack at age 58.
The former Penrith Panthers centre spent 22 years in the job and became a highly respected and much loved figure in harness racing.
Drew has a long history in racing administration, serving as Racing and Operations Manager at Newcastle Jockey Club for a decade then as CEO at Wyong from 2000 to late last year.
Drew will commence his duties with the Newcastle HRC in a fortnight's time.
Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales