Ian Chuter joins Playtech
Ian Chuter, former group operations director at both William Hill
and Betfair, has joined Playtech as a strategic advisor with a specific
remit focusing on gaming, sports betting and M&A.
Chuter, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the gaming industry, will join Playtech on November 2nd following
a four and a half year period at Betfair where he was responsible for
risk, fraud, payment, customer services and sports operations and was
part of the management team that led the business to huge success during
its biggest period of change.
The well-respected industry expert spent almost a decade of his
career at William Hill where he went from overseeing retail and online,
to all gaming and sportsbook operations, finally taking over the reigns
as William Hill group director of operations for both the UK and
international arms of the business in January 2009.
Chuter was instrumental in the team that negotiated the William Hill
Online joint venture agreement with Playtech in 2008. The deal was one
of the most successful in gaming history with William Hill acquiring
Playtech’s 29% stake for more than £400 million in March 2013 and its
former chief executive Ralph Topping describing it as a “major
milestone” for the operator.
Chuter began his gaming career as sales and marketing director at the
Rank Group, leaving in 1997 to join high street gaming business
Talarius and joining William Hill in 2001. He won the prestigious
Bookmaker of the Year and Retail Operator of the Year awards, both in
Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: “Ian is one of the best
operators in the business. He has a proven track record of managing
large-scale transformational projects and delivering great success
everywhere he has worked.
“We’re delighted he has chosen to join Playtech and I’m confident
he will be an invaluable member of the senior management team as we
continue to grow this incredible business.”
Ian Chuter, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Playtech at such an
exciting time. I know the management team very well from my days at
William Hill and am really looking forward to working closely with them
on a number of very exciting projects.”