Retail

NZ’s RITA names Dean McKenzie as interim Executive Chair

New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has confirmed that Dean McKenzie will take up the position of interim Executive Chair in a bid to support the passage of the country’s Racing Industry Bill. McKenzie will take up the role from January until June 2020 to oversee RITA’s transformation into TAB NZ, taking over from current Chief Executive John Allen …

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INTRALOT expands US leadership through Klironomos promotion

Athens-listed gambling technology group INTRALOT SPA has moved to restructure the leadership of its corporate accounting and auditing units. Updating investors, INTRALOT governance confirms the promotion of current Internal Audit Officer Lampros Klironomos to the executive position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the group’s ‘INTRALOT INC’ US division wagering and lottery systems division. Klironomos has served as group auditing …

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Sportech strengthens product and commercial teams with three new hires

International betting technology firm Sportech has confirmed the appointments of Paul Rietdyke, Leon Hosking and Chris Rogers, who will join the group’s product and commercial teams. Rietdyke’s appointment is hoped to ‘elevate clients’ online digital experiences to the next level’ as he joins the company as the new head of product user experience and design. Prior to his new role, …

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FDJ monitors 2020 National Lottery tender options

The Daily Telegraph has this weekend reported that the governance of Française des Jeux (FDJ) has held private discussions with investment bank Rothschild to assess options to compete in the UK National Lottery 2020 tender. A confident FDJ eyes its future opportunities having completed one of Europe’s biggest 2019 IPOs floating on the Paris Euronext Exchange this November, securing a …

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Betting and Gaming Council names Michael Dugher as new CEO

Former Labour MP and shadow secretary for Culture, Media & Sport Michael Dugher has been confirmed as the first Chief Executive of the newly formed Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). Issuing a market update this afternoon, BGC governance confirmed the appointment of Dugher inbound for Spring 2020, as he departs his current role as Chief Executive to UK Music, the …

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Duncan Hamilton becomes first three time winner of William Hill SBOTY award

Duncan Hamilton has become the first author to win three William Hill ‘Sports Book of the Year’ (SBOTY) awards, as judges recognised his biography of cricket correspondent Neville Cardus as 2019’s best sports literature. Yesterday at London’s Horseguards Hotel, William Hill judges presented Hamilton with his third SBOTY award, having previously won in 2007 for ‘Provided You Don’t Kiss Me’ and …

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GVC’s Mark Chambers to step down

GVC Holdings has confirmed that its Managing Director for retail in the UK and Ireland Mark Chambers will step down from the position in March 2020, due to be succeeded by Andy Hicks. The announcement marks a shake-up for the operator’s retail division, which has already undergone a number of changes due to FOBT legislation and subsequent shop closures. Hicks …

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Ascot ups prize money for Royal Ascot 2020

Ascot Racecourse has confirmed a £765,000 increase in prize money available at Royal Ascot 2020, making the total prize money available £8,095,000. Of the 30 races taking place at the royal meeting, 16 will see an increase in prize money, with no race due to be run for less than £95,000 in 2020 – a £5,000 increase from 2019. Guy …

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IGT seeks new financial lead as Alberto Fornaro ends CFO tenure

New York-listed gambling technology group International Game Technology Plc (IGT) has confirmed that senior executive Alberto Fornaro has chosen to end his tenure as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Fornaro will leave the management team on 31 January 2020 to ensure a smooth corporate transition. IGT’s board of directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Timothy Rishton, current Senior VP and Chief …

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Intralot focuses on group transitions as dire results continue

Athens-listed gambling technology group Intralot SPA has posted a further quarter of negative declines across its core business metrics and KPIs as it continues to focus on a business transformation programme to counter corporate headwinds for its operating markets. Publishing its latest Q3 2019 trading statement (period ending 30 September), Intralot reports a 6% decrease in year-to-date revenues of €555 million …

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