('Playtech' or the 'Company')
Board & Committee Changes
Playtech plc (LSE: PTEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Marston-Weston to the Board as a Non-Executive Director, with effect from 1 October 2021.
Formerly a senior tax partner at EY, Linda brings more than 30 years' experience of working with UK and Global businesses and across corporate finance, strategy, tax, culture, and leadership. In addition to being a member of the EY Midlands Board, Linda was also Head of Tax EY Midlands. Linda has a track record of building businesses and nurturing entrepreneurs, having set up a Female Entrepreneur's Network, for local female led businesses.
Playtech will also benefit from Linda's passion for, and experience in, delivering diversity and inclusion initiatives. At EY Midlands Linda was People Partner and led its People Strategy. Linda was also partner sponsor for, and established many local Midlands Networks within EY, including the EY Women's Network and BAME Network. Outside of EY, she established a local cross business female mentoring network, and acts as mentor to several upcoming talented women. Linda is currently Head of the Transaction Tax team at Cooper Parry, the accountancy firm.
There are no further disclosures required under LR 9.6.13 in respect of this appointment.
Following five years on the Playtech Board John Jackson, Senior Independent Director, and Claire Milne, Non-Executive Director, are to step down with effect from 30 September 2021. John and Claire have overseen many years of strategic and operational growth at Playtech and leave the Company well positioned for its next phase of growth and development. John was appointed to the Board in January 2016 and has most recently served as Chair of the Audit Committee. Claire was appointed to the Board in July 2016 and served as Group Interim Chair between May 2020 and May 2021.
Appointment of Senior Independent Director
From 30 September 2021, Ian Penrose will become Senior Independent Director.
From 30 September 2021, John Krumins will become a member of, and Chair of the Audit Committee, working alongside Ian Penrose and Linda, who will become a member of the Audit Committee upon joining the Board. Anna Massion and John Krumins will join the Nominations Committee, which Ian Penrose will step down from. The Nominations Committee will continue to be chaired by Brian Mattingley.
Anna Massion will Chair the Risk Committee, supported by John Krumins and Ian Penrose. Ian remains Chair of the Remuneration Committee, with Linda joining Anna as a member of the Committee.
Brian Mattingley, Non-Executive Chairman, said:
"I am delighted to welcome Linda to the Board. In addition to her significant work in the areas of people, diversity and inclusion, Linda will bring a huge amount of experience, strategic insight, and technical expertise to Playtech having spent more than three decades advising businesses at board level. We all look forward to working with her as we enter the next stage of the Group's growth and development.
"On behalf of the Board, I'd like to express our thanks and appreciation to John and Claire for their contribution to Playtech's development over the last five years which has been central in laying the foundations for the next phase ahead. Claire, in her role as Interim Chair, and John as Senior Independent Director, brought invaluable experience, leadership and stability to the governance of the Company."
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For further information please contact:
Chris McGinnis, Director of Investor Relations & Strategic Analysis
James Newman, Director of Corporate Affairs
+44 (0) 1624 645 954
Headland (PR adviser to Playtech)
Lucy Legh, Stephen Malthouse
+44 (0) 20 3805 4822
Founded in 1999 and premium listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech is a market leader in the gambling and financial trading industries with c.6,400 employees across 24 countries.
Playtech is the gambling industry's leading technology company delivering business intelligence driven gambling software, services, content and platform technology across the industry's most popular product verticals, including, casino, live casino, sports betting, virtual sports, bingo and poker. It is the pioneer of omni-channel gambling technology through its integrated platform technology, Playtech ONE. Playtech ONE delivers data driven marketing expertise, single wallet functionality, CRM and responsible gambling solutions across one single platform across product verticals and across retail and online.
Playtech partners with and invests in the leading brands in regulated and newly regulated markets to deliver its data driven gambling technology across the retail and online value chain. Playtech provides its technology on a B2B basis to the industry's leading retail and online operators, land-based casino groups and government sponsored entities such as lotteries. Playtech directly owns and operates Snaitech, the leading sports betting and gaming company in online and retail in Italy.
Playtech's Financials Division, Finalto, is a technology leader in the CFD and financial trading industry and operates both on a B2B and B2C basis.