Kansspelautoriteit seeking Chair as René Jansen opts against re-election

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René Jansen has informed the Dutch gaming authority that will not stand for re-election as Chair of the Board, with the Kansspelautoriteit subsequently commencing a process to elect a successor. 

A vacancy has been posted after Jansen notified the regulator of his decision due to reaching retirement age at the end of the year. A replacement will be appointed by the Minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind, for a period of six years.

The recruitment of a new Chair will be undertaken by the General Administrative Service, with applications able to be submitted until November 12, 2023.

Among the key objectives outlined by the Ksa regard heightening the duty of care provided by operators, which it is stressed requires “major efforts” but that must be done “faster and better”.

Furthermore, combating illegal offerings, across both the online and land-based spaces, is stated as a key priority, alongside developing a risk-driven and data-driven supervisory authority and remaining an “attractive and well-functioning organisation”. The remote gambling Act will also be evaluated in 2024, with a policy evaluation in 2025.

Jansen has occupied his current position since October 2018, before which he was Vice Chair and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Gambling Regulators European Forum. His intended date of resignation, and subsequent start date for the next incumbent, is slated as July 1, 2024.

“In recent years I have committed myself to the Ksa’s mission of safe play with great energy and pleasure. There are many great challenges for the new chair,” he said. 

“The Ksa has an important role as a supervisor and enforcer in the various gaming markets. This management position is challenging, requires creativity, innovation and decisiveness, but above all has great social value.”