– UK, Basingstoke – GAME Digital plc (LSE:GMD) today announces that it has appointed John Jackson as non-executive Chairman designate. John will succeed David Hamid who has informed the Board of his intention to step down following the 2015/16 Annual General Meeting to be held in January 2017. David has been Chairman of GAME Digital since its IPO in 2014, and of GAME Retail Limited since 2012.
John Jackson has been Senior Independent Non-Executive director of GAME Digital since June 2014. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Playtech plc and Wilkinson Hardware Stores Limited and Non-Executive Chairman of the Rick Stein Group. John was previously Group Chief Executive of Jamie Oliver Holdings Limited and Group Retail & Leisure Director of Virgin Group Limited.
Martyn Gibbs, GAME Digital Chief Executive Officer, said: “David has been an instrumental part of the team for almost five years I would like to thank him personally for his significant contribution to the Group over that time. I am really pleased that John, with his huge wealth of experience in building brands and companies, will be taking up the role of Chairman as we focus on executing our strategy and transforming our business.”
John Jackson said: “GAME Digital has achieved much despite challenging markets over David’s tenure as Chairman. During his time, he has ensured the Group has maintained a strong focus on its strategic development. Good progress has been made but there is still much more that we can achieve. I’m looking forward to working with Martyn and the management team as Chairman.”
David Hamid said: “GAME Digital is a unique business filled with passionate, innovative and creative people. It has been a privilege to fulfil the role of Chairman. I will be leaving GAME Digital in exceptional hands, with exciting plans to drive the business forwards.”
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