Dec 20, 2017

William Hill anoints industry veteran Roger Devlin as chairman

William Hill has appointed a betting industry veteran and Football Association executive as its chairman as the bookmaker navigates a wave of consolidation and regulatory clampdowns. Roger Devlin will join the company as chairman designate on February 1 and take over from Gareth Davis, the incumbent, on April 2, the FTSE 250 group announced on Wednesday. Mr Devlin, who is well connected across the betting, leisure and sports industries, will have the difficult task of helping guide William Hill at a time of rapid change. The UK government has also proposed a crackdown on fixed odds betting terminals, in-store machines known as the "Crack cocaine" of gambling by campaigners, which are a vital source of revenue for bookies including William Hill. To concentrate on his new role, Mr Devlin intends to step down as chairman of Sports Information Systems, a betting data firm 19.5 per cent owned by William Hill, and will not to seek renew his role as non-executive director of the Football Association when his term ends next year.

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