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GVC Announces CEO Keith Alexander’s Retirement

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GVC Holdings has announced that its CEO Keith Alexander is going to retire from the Board and the company after 13 years of his service. He will be succeeded by Shay Segev, GVC’s Chief Operating Officer.

Kenneth joined GVC as CEO in 2007 and has overseen its development from a small AIM-listed company to an FTSE 100 global sports betting and gaming business, with over 25,000 colleagues in 20 offices across five continents.

Shay has been the COO of GVC since March 2016, joining shortly after GVC had acquired bwin.party digital entertainment plc. As part of the succession planning process, Shay already has direct responsibility for GVC’s industry-leading proprietary technology platform, its US joint venture with MGM Resorts, all Group M&A and Corporate Development activity, its retail business, as well as the product, trading and customer service teams, among others. He has also been instrumental in delivering the highly successful integrations of both bwin and Ladbrokes Coral.

Kenneth Alexander said:

“I have given 13 years to GVC and I now want to give some time to my family. I have enjoyed every minute of helping to grow GVC into the business that it is today, and am proud of all that has been achieved. We have the best people, brands and technology in our sector, and our joint venture in the US with MGM Resorts positions us very strongly for growth in that hugely exciting market.

“I have spent the last four months working from home and reflecting on my future plans, and this feels like the right moment. Whilst it is never easy to hand the baton on, it has been very clear for a number of years now that Shay is the right person to succeed me. He is an outstanding leader with a clear strategic vision and unrivalled technological expertise. As a shareholder, I know that our Company will be in good hands. He is also a firm advocate for the strongest possible protection for customers, and shares my philosophy that only a responsible company can be a sustainable and successful company.”

Barry Gibson, Chairman of GVC, said:

“Kenny has built a remarkable global business, and has achieved more in the past 13 years than most people manage in a lifetime. We will miss him, but we also understand his wishes to hand over the reins after such a long and successful stint at the top of the Company. On behalf of the Board, I would like to sincerely thank him for his significant contribution to GVC.

“The Board has kept succession plans under constant review, and has been extremely impressed by Shay’s contribution and leadership. We are very fortunate to have such a well-qualified and natural successor. He has a long track record of leading technology businesses, overseeing complex integration projects, and running large teams at a senior level. Today’s trading update shows just how strong this business is, and we look to the future with confidence under Shay’s leadership.”

Shay Segev said:

“I am hugely honoured to have been given this opportunity by the Board to lead GVC into the next phase of its development. Kenny has been a fantastic colleague and leader during the four years I have worked with him. Thanks to his stewardship I am succeeding him at a time when the business is in robust financial health with an exceptional team and exciting opportunities ahead of it, especially in the US. Our strategy will continue to be focused on our industry-leading technology, brands, products, marketing capabilities and people, as well as being absolutely committed to making gambling as safe and enjoyable as possible for our customers around the world.”

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Italy Extends Suspension of Gaming Activities Until April 6

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Gaming activities in Italy will remain suspended until next month. The new decree of Prime Minister Mario Draghi has extended the suspension of gaming activities until April 6.

The decree said that all activities in arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls and casinos are suspended, along with those of theme parks.

The provisions come into force on March 6 when the effectiveness of the rules contained in the old decree by Giuseppe Conte will expire.

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Overwolf Appoints Shahar Sorek as CMO

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Overwolf, the all-in-one technology platform that enables creators to build, distribute and monetize in-game apps and mods, has appointed Shahar Sorek as its Chief Marketing Officer.

Before joining Overwolf, he was CMO at Spacemesh. He is having more than 12 years of experience in the games and technology industry. He has founded and managed leading startups including 7 Elements Studios, a game studio specialising in massive-multiplayer-online strategy games.

“A new era of the gaming revolution has begun, an inflection point in which the gamer/creator is emerging and will be a major force in shaping how current and future AAA games and economies will be experienced. Overwolf’s passion for games and technological savviness make it a key player in shaping the future of the industry for all stakeholders. For creators, Overwolf has created a new career – the in-game creator – where gamers can make an actual living from their creations. For publishers and game studios, Overwolf is enhancing the gameplay experience and increasing engagement. It’s a story of a generation – putting gaming experiences into the hands of gamers and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” Shahar Sorek said.

Shahar has also held advisory positions at Overwolf, Flytrex, GK8, and Treebute.io where he shaped the narrative and strategy of the venture with a focus on the go-to-market audience and the companies’ investors. In his past, he worked as a creative producer and actor in Hollywood and Israel and is a former five-time Israeli national champion in Taekwondo.

“While I’ve known of Shahar for a long time, I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with him closely as both an advisor to Overwolf and as a personal mentor for the last two years. I could not be more excited and grateful for him to join the Overwolf team as CMO. He is a wonderful addition to our team and will play an integral role in the growth of Overwolf as we work to make in-game creation a legit profession and accelerate the strategic adoption of user generated content by publishers and game developers,” Uri Marchand, CEO and Co-Founder of Overwolf, said.

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Playtech Appoints Brian Mattingley as Chairman

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Playtech has appointed Brian Mattingley as its new non-executive chairman, effective on June 1.

According to the official announcement, Mattingley will leave his position as Chairman of 888 Holdings where he served for nearly 5 years. Mattingley will replace Claire Milne as Chairman of Playtech, who has served as the Interim Chairman of the company since May 2020.

“I’m very pleased to be joining Playtech, at such an exciting time in the company’s development. Playtech is ideally placed to continue to build on its market leadership position, and I look forward to working with everyone at Playtech to drive forward its strategy and capitalize on the opportunities ahead,” Mattingley said.

“In selecting the new Chair, we wanted to appoint an individual with significant online gambling experience and a track record of delivering high levels of corporate governance and stakeholder engagement in a highly regulated and fast-growing industry. Over the course of the last 30 years, Brian has delivered strongly in these areas and has been at the forefront of the development of our industry. We are delighted that someone of Brian’s caliber is joining the Board and look forward to benefitting from his experience to support our continued progress and growth,” Interim Chairman Claire Milne said.

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