Changes to the Board’s Composition

Jay DossetterNews

6 June 2018


GVC Holdings PLC
(“GVC”, the “Company”)

Changes to the Board’s Composition

GVC Holdings PLC (LSE: GVC), the multinational sports betting and gaming group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia McDowell to the Company’s Board as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect.

Virginia has 35 years of experience working in the US gaming industry and is the current Vice Chairperson of Global Gaming Women, a non-profit organisation with a mission to support, inspire and influence the development of women in the gaming industry through education and mentoring. 

Virginia was the President and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. in the United States from 2011 until her retirement in 2016, and the president and COO of Isle of Capri from 2007 to 2011.  Prior to this she was the Chief Information Officer at Trump Entertainment Resorts from 2005 to 2007 and Senior Vice President of operations, sales and marketing at Argosy Gaming Company from 1997 until that business was acquired in 2005. From 1984 to 1996 Virginia was promoted through various roles in Tropicana Casino and Resort before departing as Vice President of business development in 1996.

There are no other disclosures to be made for Virginia McDowall under Listing Rule 9.6.13.

Lee Feldman, GVC’s Chairman, commented:

“I am very pleased to welcome Virginia to the Board.  She brings extensive experience in gaming operations and strategy at significant scale.  Her perspectives on the US market should prove invaluable as we pursue the potential in the US for significant expansion in the regulated sports betting market and online gaming as well as bring a fresh US perspective to our activities in other markets.”

In conjunction with this appointment, Will Whitehorn has today stepped down as a non-executive director.  Stephen Morana, an existing non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, succeeds Will as the new Senior Independent Director.  With the current ongoing recruitment exercise, the Company is in the process of selecting a new independent non-executive director who will succeed Stephen as Audit Committee Chair. An announcement regarding this appointment will be made in due course.

Lee Feldman, commented:

“I would like to thank Will for his valuable contribution during a key chapter in GVC’s development as we enhanced our governance practices in-line with the growth of the Company and more recently following the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral. Will has offered to step down as a director to help the Company deliver on its commitment, as detailed in our 2017 annual report, to bring greater diversity and international perspective to the composition of the Board. We wish Will well with his future endeavours.”

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About GVC

GVC Holdings PLC is one of the world’s largest sports betting and gaming groups, operating both online and in the retail sector.  The Group owns a comprehensive portfolio of established brands; Sports Brands include bwin, Coral, Crystalbet, Eurobet, Ladbrokes and Sportingbet; Gaming Brands include CasinoClub, Foxy Bingo, Gala, Gioco Digitale, PartyCasino and partypoker. The Group owns proprietary technology across all of its core product verticals and in addition to its B2C operations provides services to a number of third-party customers on a B2B basis. GVC acquired Ladbrokes Coral Group plc on 28 March 2018 and is now the UK’s largest high street bookmaker, with over 3,500 betting shops.  The Group, incorporated in the Isle of Man, is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index and has licences in more than 20 countries, across five continents.

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