London-listed gaming technology provider Nektan has appointed International Game Technology's Leigh Nissim as its new permanent chief executive, replacing Gary Shaw who has been serving as interim CEO since the departure of David Gosen in January.

Nissim joins Nektan from IGT, where he has served as commercial director for the supplier's interactive business since 2012, overseeing the key European and North American markets. 

An industry veteran, he has more than 11 years' experience, holding high profile roles including commercial director and UK managing director of SwiftStake Technologies, commercial director of GTECH G2, managing director of St Minver, and chief operating officer for Vitesse Media.

Nissim will take on his new role in late July, replacing interim chief executive and company founder Gary Shaw, who has held the role since David Gosen's departure in January this year. On stepping down from the CEO job, Shaw will take on a different executive role as director of strategy.

"We're delighted to be appointing someone of Leigh's calibre and experience to Nektan during this period of high growth and development," Nektan chair Jim Wilkinson said. "With his strong track record of successfully growing gambling businesses across our product verticals and within regulated markets, Leigh's appointment will help Nektan continue its growth momentum and capitalise on new distribution and product opportunities.

"The board is confident that Leigh's digital and gaming pedigree, plus his financial background gained earlier in his career at Deloitte, will benefit the employees, customers and shareholders of Nektan as we enter the next chapter of our development," he added.

Wilkinson also thanked Shaw for fulfilling "a crucial role" since Gosen's departure. 

"As director of strategy, Gary will remain focused on adding value to the company through his significant entrepreneurial skills, in particular helping to develop the considerable opportunities available to the company in Europe and in the US through its joint venture Respin," Wilkinson explained.

Shares in Nektan plc (Co.Data) (AIM:NKTN) were trading at 67.50 pence per share in London this morning.

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