Jackpotjoy announces board and management changes
18 Oct 2017
As a part of the Company's continuing strategy to strengthen the group's operational focus, which included the recent appointments of the highly experienced divisional managing directors, the Board has decided, after several months of careful consideration and in consultation and agreement with Andy, that further operational expertise is needed to ensure the Company is best placed to maximize future growth prospects through its core business segments.
Under the Company's new management structure, Neil Goulden, currently Chairman of the Company, will become Executive Chairman, responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company's long-term strategy.
The Board has appointed experienced gaming executive Simon Wykes as Group Managing Director to provide additional operational expertise. His main role will be working in the Company's global markets with the senior management teams across each of the Company's three business segments — Jackpotjoy, Vera & John Casino and Mandalay. He will also join the Board of the Company. Both appointments will become effective from 1 November 2017.
Simon has just completed an external consultancy role with Ladbrokes Coral on their merger integration plans. He was previously Chief Executive Officer at Gala Leisure and Managing Director at Gala Coral Group, where he oversaw the execution of a successful strategic turnaround plan of its bingo division. He also served as Managing Director of Rank Group for over four years. He is also a Non-Executive Director for both Leisure Electronics Ltd and Wexel Gaming.
Andy will remain with the Company until 31 January 2018 to ensure a smooth transition of duties to the new members of executive team.
Commenting on Simon's appointment, Jackpotjoy plc Chairman Neil Goulden said, "Simon is a highly-experienced executive with an extensive knowledge of the bingo sector and considerable expertise in managing high-volume consumer businesses. His experience in the digitalization of gaming businesses will be invaluable in achieving synergies across our main business segments and to drive the future growth of the group.
"On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Andy for the commitment, leadership and integrity he showed during his tenure, which has seen Jackpotjoy plc cement itself as the world's largest online bingo-led company following its successful listing on the London Stock Exchange. We wish him well with his future endeavors."
Simon Wykes added, "I am thrilled by this new challenge at Jackpotjoy plc and look forward to bringing my experience from leading digital gaming businesses to the Company as well as significant operational experience to market leading brands."