MGA begins CEO search as Carl Brincat confirms 2024 exit

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The Malta Gaming Authority has initiated a search process to find a new Chief Executive Officer, following the announcement that Carl Brincat will end his leadership tenure in January 2024.

As announced on October 27, the MGA informed that Brincat had chosen to retire from all duties representing the Maltese regulatory authority.

Stakeholders were told: “The Board of Governors of the Malta Gaming Authority would like to inform the general public that Chief Executive Officer Carl Brincat will not be seeking renewal of his current contract, which expires on 25 January 2024.”

Brincat had served as the MGA’s CEO since January 2021 preceding former CEO Heathcliff Farrugia.

Prior to his CEO tenure, Brincat held several prominent roles within the MGA’s organisation, including Chief Legal and Enforcement Officer, Chief Legal Counsel, and Deputy General Counsel.

Key directives saw Brincat serve as a key stakeholder in amendments applied to the Malta Gambling Law, strengthening policies on AML safeguards, sports integrity and operator conduct and liabilities.

Brincat expressed his pride in the work accomplished and gratitude towards the highly motivated team at the MGA. Reflecting on his time at the MGA, Brincat shared: “Leaving the MGA is a very hard decision to make.

“The past nine years have been a rollercoaster of experiences which contributed to the person I am today. It has been a privilege to lead the Authority for the past three years.”

Chairman Ryan Pace spoke highly of Brincat’s contributions to strengthening the MGA, stating: “Carl has made extensive contributions to the MGA and to the gaming industry in Malta. We are confident in, and very thankful for, the strong foundation he leaves behind as we continue to pursue the MGA’s strategic goals.”

The process to find Brincat’s successor is set to begin shortly, with the MGA launching a ‘public call for applications’.

The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with Brincat in the weeks leading up to his departure on January 25, ensuring a smooth transition of leadership.