Appointment of a Senior Independent Director

Clarissa Elsner

GVC is pleased to announce the appointment today of Will Whitehorn to the Company’s board of directors as Senior Independent Director.

Will is the Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director at Stagecoach Group plc and is an independent Non-executive Director of Purplebricks Group plc.  He is also a member of the First Minister of Scotland’s ‘GlobalScot’ Business mentoring network, President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Chairman of the Scottish Gallery and Scottish Event Campus Limited.

Previously, Will joined the Virgin Group in 1987 and served as Group Public Relations Manager and as Brand Development and Corporate Affairs Director, as well as being a founding director of Virgin Games, before being appointed as President of Virgin Galactic from 2007 to 2011. He is also a former non-executive Chairman of Next Fifteen Communications Group plc, Crowd Reactive Limited and Speed Communications Agency Limited, and was a member of the Science & Technology Facilities Council (“STFC”) until 2012, chairing its Economic Impact Advisory Board and was a Non-executive director of STFC Innovations Limited.

Lee Feldman, GVC’s Chairman, commented:

“I am delighted that Will has agreed to join the Board and we look forward to working with him.  He brings a wealth of innovative commercial experience and corporate knowledge.  The appointment reflects the Company’s continuing commitment to broadening the skills-base of its Board and enhancing its corporate governance practices following the move to the Premium Segment [of the Official List] in 2016.”

Will Whitehorn commented:

“I am very excited to be joining and contributing to the great team who have built GVC so successfully. It is a company which is growing in an industry that is changing dramatically due to new technology, competition and regulation. All of which means exciting opportunities and challenges ahead.”

There are no other disclosures to be made for Will Whitehorn under Listing Rule 9.6.13.


For further information:

GVC Holdings PLC
Kenneth Alexander, Chief Executive Tel: +44 (0) 1624 652 559
Paul Miles, Chief Financial Officer Nick Batram, Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Strategy   Tel: +44 (0) 20 7337 0110

Media enquiries:

Bell Pottinger
David Rydell, Anna Legge, Laura Jaques Tel: +44 (0) 20 3772 2500


About GVC Holdings PLC

GVC Holdings PLC is a leading e-gaming operator in both B2C and B2B markets.  GVC has four business segments with a number of brands; Sports labels (bwin, Sportingbet, gamebookers), Gaming labels (partypoker, partycasino, Foxy Bingo, Gioco Digitale, CasinoClub), B2B and non-core assets.  GVC acquired digital entertainment plc on 1 February 2016.  The Group is headquartered in the Isle of Man, is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index and has licences in more than 18 countries.

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