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888 Holdings Announces Appointment of Non-Executive Directors

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888 Holdings plc announced following the completion of the acquisition of the international (non-US) business of William Hill, the expansion of the board of directors with the appointments of Andrea Gisle Joosen, Andria Vidler and Randy Freer as Independent Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect.

Andrea Gisle Joosen

Andrea is a highly experienced non-executive director having held leadership positions across multiple international technology and consumer industries companies. Andrea currently serves as a non-executive director for Currys plc in the UK and Billerud AB in Sweden.

She previously chaired Sweden-headquartered Acast AB and was a non-executive director at ICA Gruppen, James Hardie Industries plc and Mr Green & Co, the online gaming business which was acquired by William Hill plc in 2018.

During her executive career, Andrea has held numerous leadership roles in the media and technology sectors including as CEO of Boxer TV Sweden and as Managing Director of Nordics for Panasonic, Chantelle Group and Twentieth Century Fox.

Andria Vidler

Andria has 30 years’ experience in marketing and technology, focusing on re-energising brands through consumer engagement and digital innovation. Since 2020 she has been the CEO of Tag EMEA, the independent end-to-end creative production partner for brands and agencies. Andria leads the global ESG strategy for Tag.

Andria spent the previous six years as CEO of Centaur Media PLC. Prior to Centaur, Andria spent four years as CEO for EMI Music UK & Ireland and has held senior roles at Bauer Media and at the BBC. She was a non-executive for Gamesys PLC where she chaired the ESG committee. She has previously served as a Trustee for the Media Trust and The Roundhouse Trust and as Chairman of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.

Randy Freer

Randy Freer is CEO of The Freer Company which provides business vision and brand narrative advice to a broad spectrum of companies. Prior to setting up The Freer Company, Randy was CEO of Hulu, the American subscription streaming service.

Before Hulu, Randy led 21st Century Fox’s global entertainment and sports television assets. As President and COO of the Fox Networks Group, he oversaw all operational areas and distribution and advertising revenue, business development and strategy. Randy also served on the Hulu, National Geographic and Big Ten Network boards in this role. Randy was also previously a Senior Advisor to McKinsey Consulting in the TMT, Sports and Advertising Tech and Digital Transition sectors.

Lord Mendelsohn, Non-Executive Chairman of 888 Holdings Plc, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome three outstanding candidates in Andrea, Andria and Randy to the Board of 888. As well as further strengthening the Group’s corporate governance structure, they each bring extensive and highly relevant skills and experience to our Board which will be of significant benefit to the Group as it delivers its long-term strategic objectives as an enlarged business post the completion of our acquisition of William Hill.

“888 has a number of very exciting opportunities ahead and I am looking forward to working closely with our strengthened Board to continue to deliver the Group’s growth strategy and generate further stakeholder value.”

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FDJ and Heritage Foundation Donate €1.26M to YMCA Paris for Restoration Project

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French national lottery operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) has made a €1.26m donation to mark this year’s European Heritage Days.

Late last month, FDJ embarked on its fifth “Mission Patrimoine,” a scheme to raise money for protecting and restoring heritage sites.

Now, in the same vein, FDJ and French heritage foundation Fondation du Patrimoine have joined forces to help restore a piece of Parisian history.

The YMCA Paris, located at 14 Rue de Trévise, was inaugurated in 1893 and houses the world’s oldest basketball court.

In a bid to maintain this site, a registered historical monument “weakened by time,” FDJ and Fondation du Patrimoine have awarded the YMCA €1.26m.

“Contributing to the renovation of the YMCA site, weakened by time, and bringing it back to life is a source of great pride for FDJ, our Corporate Foundation and employees,” FDJ Chairman and CEO Stéphane Pallez said.

“The YMCA project allows us to combine our various societal commitments in the areas of heritage, sport and youth,” she added.

In August, FDJ launched the latest incarnation of its Mission Patrimoine. This involved a scratch card campaign and several Loto draws to raise money for Fondation du Patrimoine.

Célia Vérot, General Manager of Fondation du Patrimoine, said: “The YMCA Paris site proves that beyond its cultural or architectural interest, heritage can play a very useful social role.

“With the support of FDJ and the FDJ Foundation, Fondation du Patrimoine promotes the financing of heritage projects with an impact in terms of inclusion and integration.”

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Gaming Corps Appoints Victoria Bonner as CMO

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Stockholm-listed Gaming Corps has appointed Victoria Bonner as its chief marketing officer and confirmed the departure of chief communications officer Erika Mattsson.

Mattson is leaving the Malta-licensed supplier at the end of this month after nearly four years in the role, with Gaming Corps chairman Claes Tellman temporarily taking on responsibility for communications and investor relations until a replacement has been appointed.

New CMO Bonner boasts extensive industry experience, having held marketing roles at leading gaming suppliers including Relax Gaming and Pragmatic Play.

Gaming Corps CEO Juha Kauppinen said: “I would like to wish Erika the best of luck in her new role and at the same time take this opportunity to thank her on behalf of everyone in the leadership at Gaming Corps for these years. I also want to welcome Gaming Corps’ new chief marketing officer Victoria Bonner who I am confident will to bring the knowledge, network and commitment to the industry, which is necessary for the further expansion and marketing of Gaming Corp’s next generation casino slots and other games.”

Commenting on her appointment, Bonner said: “Gaming Corps is at an exciting point in its journey where organic positioning has translated into an impressive commercial pipeline.

“The products and strategy of the company’s branded offering are exactly what the industry is asking for right now, and with a new, greater focus on marketing, I am very happy and excited to join a company that is right on the threshold of becoming a prominent name in the industry. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Erika for her work and the incredible foundation she laid.”

Mattsson added: “Warm thanks to everyone I have had the privilege of working with during these almost four years, above all thank you to my friends in the management. I am also very pleased to have recently welcomed Victoria and that the company has reached the point where a wholehearted investment in marketing is possible.

“I have great confidence in Victoria as well as in Gaming Corps facing a bright future and looking forward to closely following the continued journey as a friend and shareholder.”

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International Game Technology PLC Announces Completion of Sale of Italian Commercial Payment Business to PostePay S.p.A.

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International Game Technology PLC announced that its wholly owned subsidiary IGT Lottery S.p.A. has completed the sale of its Italian proximity payment business to PostePay S.p.A. – Patrimonio Destinato IMEL for €700 million.

The negotiated sale price represented an enterprise value of €630 million and approximately €70 million of net unrestricted cash. The business held approximately €140 million in unrestricted cash at the closing. The increase in unrestricted cash is primarily attributable to timing of vendor payments and operating cash flows generated since December 31, 2021. IGT will use the proceeds from the transaction primarily to pay transaction expenses and reduce debt.

UBS AG acted as lead financial advisor and fairness opinion provider to IGT, UniCredit S.p.A. acted as financial advisor to IGT. Advant-Nctm acted as legal advisor to IGT and KPMG acted as financial due diligence and tax advisor to IGT.

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