With plenty of movers and shakers around the industry, allow CasinoBeats to give you the rundown on a number of recent manoeuvres.


Camelot UK Lotteries has appointed Louise Hanlon as deputy head of corporate responsibility, bolstering its CR team as it strives to deliver its strategic goal through 2020 and beyond.

Bringing 15 years experience, Hanlon has previously held senior and manager-level positions at leading companies spanning a range of industries, including KFC UK & Ireland, Symantec, Kellogg’s and BUPA.

“We are delighted to welcome Louise as deputy head of corporate responsibility. Her extensive experience at leading companies from a broad range of industries gives her valuable knowledge and expertise, and demonstrates her ability to deliver in new CR&S environments. We’re looking forward to everything that we’ll achieve with her on-board.” – Alison Gardner, Camelot’s head of corporate responsibility.

888 Holdings

Aviad Kobrine is to step down as chief financial officer of 888 Holdings this year after more than 15 years with the group. 

The company’s board is to immediately beging a search for his successor, with Kobrine to remain in the position until a successor is in place in order to enable a seamless transition of responsibilities.

Aviad joined 888 in 2004 ahead of the group’s IPO and was appointed as CFO in June 2005, playing an important part in the group’s progress and growth into a global online gaming business that operates across 12 regulated markets.

Aviad has made a truly outstanding contribution to 888.  He has played a significant role in helping to develop 888 into the world class online gaming operator it is today.” – Brian Mattingley, chairman of 888.

Bluberi Gaming Canada

Andrew Burke has named as chief executive officer of North American gaming firm Bluberi Gaming Canada with immediate effect.

Lauded as “accomplished leader and industry executive” with more than 14 years of experience in gaming and technology, the appointment comes as the company strives to achieve its next phase of strategic growth.

In his most recent role Burke served as vice president of slot products at AGS, overseeing all aspects of the division’s commercial operations in the United States and Canada.

“Bluberi is at a prime point of growth, and the opportunity is boundless,” Burke said. “I am excited to work alongside our employees, partners, and customers to transform Bluberi into a formidable gaming supplier led by unparalleled customer service and product innovation.”


The British Horseracing Association has announced that Nick Rust is to step down at the end of the year after nearly six years leading racing’s governing body and regulator.

The BHA states that it will begin the process of selecting a new chief executive in the next few weeks.

In a lengthy statement signalling his departure to staff Rust stated: “I’ve spent much of the past year reflecting on my situation after my personal bereavement at the end of 2018. I wanted to let you and the BHA know my decision and plans well ahead of leaving to allow plenty of time for a successor to be identified and appointed

“This is a fantastic job leading a team of passionate, hard-working people who want racing to have a prosperous and sustainable future as a clean, fair sport that looks after its horses and its people.

“You demonstrated that visibly with all the effort you put in to resolve the equine flu problems last year but I know how much more unseen work is going on across the BHA to progress our sport. I am hugely proud of what you do for British racing and thank you all.”

Vici Properties

Real estate investment trust Vici Properties has revealed that Monica Howard Douglas has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Becoming an independent director, subject to and effective upon receipt of all applicable regulatory approvals, upon joining the board Douglas will serve on the nominating and governance committee.

“Monica will be a superb addition to Vici’s board of directors, given her experience in governance and environmental sustainability matters with one of the world’s most admired consumer companies –The Coca-Cola Company.

“She will contribute strongly to our collaboration with Vici’s executive management team, which is focused on being the real estate partner of choice for our operating tenants, and on delivering superior returns for our shareholders. We believe her background complements our existing Board composition and expands the diverse viewpoints of our board.” – Jim Abrahamson, chairman of the board at Vici.