William Hill PLC - Directorate Change
Appointment of Chief Executive
The Board of William Hill PLC today announces the appointment of Ralph Topping as Chief Executive.
Ralph Topping 56, is currently Group Director, Operations at William Hill, with responsibility for the Group's UK-based operations. He was appointed to the Board of William Hill in April 2007. Mr Topping joined William Hill in 1973 and has held various positions within the company, including Retail Operations Director and Internet Director. Mr Topping will become Chief Executive with immediate effect.
Charles Scott, Chairman of William Hill, said:
"The Board has undertaken an extremely thorough search process over recent months. We have tested the market place in considerable detail. I am delighted that we have reached the view that in Ralph, who brings more than 35 years of industry experience to the role, we have a first class appointment. We will also benefit from his deep knowledge of the William Hill business."
Mr Scott has been filling the role of Executive Chairman and will now resume his role as Chairman.
Ralph Topping said:
"Our industry is facing significant change and new challenges, not least the challenges that come from new regulation. There are also major opportunities for William Hill as we rapidly develop our online businesses and continue to build on the success of our UK operations. I look forward to leading the company as Chief Executive, and to working with the Board and management team. We will build on the company's successes and drive the company forward."
|Charles Scott, Executive Chairman||Tel: +44 020 8918 3910|
|Fiona Antcliffe/ Deborah Spencer, Brunswick||Tel: +44 020 7404 5959|
Notes to Editors
1. Biography of Ralph Topping
Ralph Topping, 56, has worked for William Hill for almost 35 years. He joined the company as a 'Saturday worker' in Glasgow, and has since held numerous roles including shop manager, human resources manager and regional manager in Scotland In 1998 Mr Topping was appointed internet director, and pioneered William Hill's internet presence and online operations. In 2002 he became retail operations director, and in 2007 he was appointed group director, operations.
2. William Hill Plc
Founded in 1934, William Hill is one of the leading providers of fixed odds bookmaking services, offering odds and taking bets on a wide range of sporting and other events, as well as offering amusement with prizes machines and fixed odds betting terminals in licensed betting offices and operating online casino, poker and fames sites as well as two greyhound stadia.
It is a market leader in all major betting channels in the UK with an established international presence through its online business.