Online gaming technology and services provider Playtech has promoted non-executive director Hilary Stewart-Jones to the role of deputy chairman.

Stewart-Jones takes on her new role with immediate effect, having been appointed to the supplier’s board in October last year, chairing the risk & compliance and remuneration committees, and sitting on the audit committee.

Playtech’s non-executive chairman Alan Jackson commented: “Since her appointment, Hilary has made a significant contribution to the company's board through her extensive knowledge of the gambling industry. On behalf of the board, I am delighted that Hilary has agreed to become my deputy.”

Stewart-Jones has more than fifteen years’ experience working in the betting and gaming sector. Before being appointed to Playtech’s board she served as a partner at law film DLA Piper, where she remains a consultant to the company.

Before joining DLA Piper in 2011, Stewart-Jones served as a partner at another law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner, for more than ten years. She joined BLP in 2000, having spent the previous five years as head of legal for Ladbrokes’ betting and gaming division.

Alongside Jackson and Stewart-Jones, Playtech’s board is comprised of the company’s chief executive Mor Weizer, chief financial officer Ron Hoffman and senior non-executive director Andrew Thomas.