23 September 2020
888 Holdings Plc
("888" or "the Group")
Appointment of Non-Executive Director and Chair Designate
888, one of the world's leading online gaming companies and solutions providers, is delighted to announce the appointment of Lord Jonathan (Jon) Mendelsohn as a Non-Executive Director and Chair Designate with immediate effect. Jon has also joined the Board's Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee.
Jon's appointment to the Board follows an extensive search process conducted by the Board's Nominations Committee as part of the Group's succession planning.
Jon is a highly experienced gambling sector professional with more than 20 years' industry experience that includes co-founding Oakvale Capital LLP, a leading M&A and strategic advisory boutique focusing on the gaming, gambling and sports sectors. He is the Senior Adviser to Value Retail, the developer and operator of luxury outlet shopping villages. He co-founded LLM Communications, a corporate and public affairs consultancy which was acquired by Financial Dynamics to create one of the largest global financial and business communications companies. He served as a Managing Director and later as Chairman of the Global Issues Division, including after it was acquired by FTI Consulting. He is also an investor in early stage and start-up companies in areas ranging from technology to energy. Jon is a Labour life peer who has sat in the House of Lords since October 2013 and sits on the International Relations and Defence Committee.
Following a handover period to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities, Jon will succeed Brian Mattingley as Chair of the Board when Brian stands down from the Group at the next Annual General Meeting in May 2021.
Brian Mattingley, Non-Executive Chairman of 888, commented:
"We are delighted that Jon has accepted the offer to join the Board and become the next Chair of 888. Jon has tremendous knowledge of the global online gaming industry, extensive deal-making experience and fantastic leadership qualities. I am very confident that the Board will benefit significantly from Jon's vast understanding of our sector as the Group continues its exciting long-term development.
It has been a great privilege to Chair 888 and serve its stakeholders during more than 15 years with the Group. I am personally very pleased that someone of Jon's experience and calibre will succeed me as Chair and I look forward to working closely with him over the coming months."
Anne de Kerckhove, Non-Executive Director and Chair of 888's Nominations Committee, commented: "We are very pleased with the outcome of our extensive search for a new Chair. We engaged with a number of outstanding candidates. Jon's vast industry experience, broad skill-set and proven leadership qualities made him the stand-out individual to succeed Brian. I am looking forward to working together with Jon on the 888 Board."
Jon Mendelsohn, Non-Executive Director of 888 and Chair Designate, commented: "I am very excited to join the Board of such a world-class gaming operator. 888 is a company that I have long admired during my more than 20 years working with companies in the gaming and gambling industries. The Group has a number of very exciting opportunities and I am looking forward to working closely with the Board and the management team to continue to deliver the Group's growth strategy and generate further stakeholder value."
Further information concerning Lord Jonathan Mendelsohn (aged 53):
In accordance with LR 9.6.15 of the Listing Rules, the Company confirms that there is no other information required to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13 in respect of Lord Jonathan Mendelsohn.
Contacts and enquiries
Brian Mattingley, Chairman
Itai Pazner, Chief Executive Officer
+350 200 49800
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+44(0) 207 796 4133
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Notes to Editors:
888 Holdings plc (and together with its subsidiaries, "888" or the "Group") is one of the world's most popular online gaming entertainment and solutions providers. 888's mission is to supply its customers with innovative and market-leading online gaming products, above all in a safe and secure environment.
888 has been at the forefront of the online gaming industry since foundation in 1997, providing to players and B2B partners an always innovative and world-class online gaming experience. At the heart of 888's business is its proprietary gaming technology and associated platforms.
During 2019 888 was named Casino Operator of the Year at the prestigious EGR industry awards and, in 2020, the company was proud to be recognised at the 2020 Gaming Intelligence awards as winner in the Casino Operator of the Year category.
The Group is structured into two lines of business: B2C, under the 888 brands, and B2B, conducted through Dragonfish, which provides partners a leading platform through which to establish an online gaming presence and monetise their own brands.
888's consumer facing websites offer more than just online gaming. They are entertainment destinations: places where people can enjoy a truly interactive experience and be part of an online community that shares common interests. 888's strong and trusted brands are all accessible through www.888.com.
Find out more about 888 at http://corporate.888.com/.