Playtech employ non-executive Director

New non-executive director has a solid background in the gambling industry

Online gambling software developer and provider Playtech has announced the appointment of Barry Gibson as an additional independent Non-Executive Director.

Gibson is a knowledgable non-executive director who has significant experience in the gaming industry, both as an executive and non-executive director.

Until June 2009, he was Senior Independent Director at William Hill plc, where he served on the board for over seven years. Previously, he had been CEO of Littlewoods plc, which, at that time incorporated Littlewoods Pools and Bet Direct. He is also Chairman of Homeserve plc.

Playtech has restructured its Board of Directors and now meets the requirements, in terms of board composition and independence, of the Combined Code of Corporate Governance.

Tom Hall, Non-Executive Director and former Chief Executive Officer, and Rafi Askhenazi, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, have resigned from the Board and will step down. Both men have served as Directors since Playtech's admission to the Alternative Investment Market in 2006.

Following these changes, the Board of Playtech will consist of:

Roger Withers
(Non-Executive Chairman)

Mor Weizer
(CEO)

Shuki Barak
(Interim CFO)

Alan Jackson
(Non-Executive and SID)

Barry Gibson
(Non-Executive)

Commenting on these changes, Playtech's chairman, Roger Withers, said: "I am delighted to welcome Barry to the Board of Playtech. He brings considerable experience both of the gaming industry and of the public markets.

"At the same time my sincere thanks go to Tom Hall and Rafi Askhenazi who have made important contributions to Playtech's businesses in Asia and as COO respectively. I am pleased that each will continue to play a role for the company.

"This restructuring is an important step for Playtech. Importantly, we now meet the required standards of corporate governance, something we have always looked to achieve. While the Board is now Combined Code compliant, we expect to make further Board appointments in the coming months, including a replacement Chief Financial Officer, where an extensive search is well underway."

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