Former William Hill, Betfair and Rank senior executive joins in gaming, sports betting and M&A strategic advisory role
London: October 13th 2015 – 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 2010.
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.”
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Playtech is a market leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. Founded in 1999 and listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech has more than 5,000 employees in 14 countries.
Playtech is the gambling industry’s leading software and services supplier with more than 120 licensees globally, including many of the world’s leading regulated online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in newly-regulated markets. Its business intelligence-driven gambling software offering includes casino, live casino, bingo, poker and sports betting.
It is the pioneer of Omni-Channel gambling which, through Playtech ONE, offers operators and their customers, a seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online, mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet. It provides marketing expertise, sophisticated CRM solutions and other services for operators seeking a full turnkey solution.
Playtech’s financial trading division, run through subsidiary TradeFX, is an established and growing online CFDs and binary options broker and trading platform provider, operating a number of brands including markets.com. Its B2C focused offering is available in more than 100 countries and in more than 25 languages and is licensed and regulated in the EU and South Africa.
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