Richard Flint rules himself out of Entain CEO role

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Former Sky Betting and Gaming Chief Executive Richard Flint has ruled himself out of the running for the CEO position at Entain.

Flint told Sky News during an interview that he wasn’t interested in the CEO position at the FTSE100 company as he is happy in his current role as Chair of the dog food subscription service Butternut Box and the premium ticket and hospitality platform Seat Unique.

In January, Flint announced that he wouldn’t be standing for re-election as a Non-Executive Director at Flutter Entertainment and that he would be stepping down from the board of directors following the conclusion of the company’s annual general meeting on May 1.

Flint told Sky News: “Ignore what other bookmakers might say or the odds they might put out there – I am very much enjoying the package of things I’ve got on at the moment.”

Entain has been looking for a new CEO since the departure of Jette Nygaard-Andersen in December last year. Since then, Stella David has been the company’s interim CEO.

However, David will not be taking on the role permanently, as she will instead replace Barry Gibson as Entain’s Chair, who announced near the start of this month that he is retiring.

Gibson will retire from Entain’s board at the end of September 2024, but he could also step down from the role earlier than scheduled, depending on the timing of the appointment of a permanent CEO, which the company says is currently “ongoing and is progressing well”.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Entain’s Group Corporate Affairs Director Grainne Hurst will take on the role of CEO of Betting and Gaming Council in the coming months.