William Hill PLC (the "Company")
19 June 2019
William Hill PLC (LSE: WMH) (William Hill) announces the appointment of Jane Hanson as an Independent Non-Executive Director to its Board of Directors with effect from 1 July 2019. On joining the Board, Jane will become a member of the Board's Nomination and Audit and Risk Management Committees.
Jane is a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Board Risk Committee of Direct Line Insurance Group plc ((LSE:DLG), an insurance company with multiple brands, products and distribution channels across motor, home, rescue and commercial insurance. She is also Chairman of The Reclaim Fund Ltd; Honorary Treasurer and Trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee; and Independent Member of the Fairness Committee at ReAssure Ltd.
Jane brings extensive expertise in risk management and corporate governance in highly regulated environments. She has deep knowledge of developing and monitoring consumer-centric and conduct risk frameworks and has also overseen major IT and transformation programmes. Jane has previously held a number of executive roles, including Director of Audit, and Risk and Governance Director, at Aviva plc. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is also a Magistrate.
Roger Devlin, Chairman of William Hill commented: "We are delighted to welcome Jane to the Board of William Hill. Jane's proven NED experience working at Board level in FTSE, regulated and complex organisations will be invaluable to William Hill and makes her a great addition to the Board. I am also delighted that with Jane's appointment, female representation on the Board is now at 44%, which is well beyond the target level set in the Hampton Alexander review of 33% by the end of end of 2020."
Following the appointment of Jane Hanson to the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Gordon Wilson will step down from the Committee with effect from 1 July 2019.
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19 June 2019
As Non-executive Director of William Hill PLC, Jane Hanson will receive standard annual fees of £55,000 per annum.
2. The Board has determined that Jane Hanson will be an independent Non-executive Director, in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code.
3. In accordance with obligations under Listing Rule 9.6.13R, Jane Hanson holds the following directorships of a publicly quoted company in the previous five years:
· Jane Hanson was appointed to the board of Direct Line Insurance Group plc in December 2011. Direct Line was listed on the London Stock Exchange on 30 April 2012.
The Company confirms there are no other disclosures which require to be made in accordance with LR 9.6.13R.
4. Board composition:
With effect from 1 July 2019, the composition of the Board of William Hill PLC will be as follows:
William Hill PLC
About William Hill
William Hill PLC is one of the world's leading betting and gaming companies, employing c15,500 people. Its origins are in the UK where it was founded in 1934, and where it is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The majority of its £1.6 billion annual revenues are still derived from the UK, where it has a national presence of licensed betting offices and one of the leading online betting and gaming services. In 2012, it established William Hill US with a focus on retail and mobile operations in Nevada, the largest sports betting business in the US. Following the ruling in May 2018 by the US Supreme Court that the federal ban on state sponsored sports betting was unconstitutional, William Hill US has expanded into new states as they regulate sports betting. It is now operating in seven states: Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. William Hill's Online business acquired Mr Green & Co AB in January 2019, growing its international operations. William Hill PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of both the FTSE 250 and FTSE4Good Indices.
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