William Hill Australia has announced the promotion of commercial director Isaac Ward to the role of chief operating officer.

Ward replaces Anthony Waller, who departed the business alongside former William Hill Australia chief executive Michael Sullivan earlier this year. News of the pair’s impending departure emerged in April when William Hill admitted that their roles were “under review.”

Last week Tom Waterhouse, whose online business was acquired by the operator in a deal worth up to AUD$110m (€74.7m) in August 2013, was named Sullivan’s replacement.

Ward joined the Tom Waterhouse business in January this year after spending the past three years with Paddy Power. He served as the Irish operator’s games P&L manager before being promoted to director of iGaming. He also previously served as head of casino and games, then head of acquisitions, for Sportingbet.

Shares in William Hill plc (Co. Data) (LSE:WMH) were trading down 1.16 per cent in London early Monday morning at 348.70 pence per share.

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