– ISLE OF MAN, Douglas – Playtech (LSE: PTEC) is pleased to announce the appointment to the board of John Jackson, with effect from 1 January 2016. Mr. Jackson will sit on the Board’s Remuneration Committee; Risk and Compliance Committee; Audit Committee; and Nominations Committee.

At the same time, the Company also announces that non-executive Deputy Chairman, Hilary Stewart-Jones, has resigned from the Board to pursue other business interests, with effect from 31 December 2015.

Mr. Jackson’s previous roles include group Chief Executive of Jamie Oliver Holdings Limited from 2007 to 2015; group Retail and Leisure Director of Virgin Group Limited from 1998 to 2007; group Chief Executive of Semara plc from 1994 to 1998; and Managing Director of The Body Shop International plc from 1988 to 1993. Mr Jackson is a Chartered Certified Corporate Accountant, (FCCA) qualifying in 1971.

He is currently non-executive Chairman of Rick Stein Group; a senior independent director of Game Digital plc; and a non-executive director of Wilkinson’s Hardware Stores Limited.

Commenting on the Board changes, Playtech Chairman, Alan Jackson, said: “I am delighted to welcome John to Playtech’s board in the important role of non-executive director. He brings a wealth of consumer industry experience to the Company, having worked with some of the most iconic brands of the last 30 years. This, combined with his strong accountancy and finance background, will prove invaluable to Playtech’s continued growth.

“The board is grateful to Hilary for her service during a period of continued growth and diversification at Playtech. Her contribution has been of huge value to the business and we wish her every success in the future.”

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