bwin.party digital entertainment has appointed two new independent non-executive directors of the company as replacements for Rod Perry and Helmut Kern, who will both retire from their positions following the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Liz Catchpole and Barry Gibson will replace Perry and Kern with effect from March 1st. Both Perry and Kern are retiring in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, because their terms of service with bwin.party and its predecessors are ten and eleven years respectively.

Following a handover, Gibson will replace Perry as chair of the company’s remuneration committee, while Catchpole will take over from Kern as chair of the audit and risk committee.

Gibson is an experienced company director who has previously served on a number of gambling companies’ boards, chairing the remuneration committees of William Hill and Playtech. He currently serves as chairman of home emergency repairs business HomeServe plc and luxury goods and duty free retailer Harding Retail Group. In his career he served as an executive of a number of leading retail businesses, most notably as chief executive of Littlewoods plc and retail director for British Airports Authority.

Catchpole, meanwhile, is a chartered accountant who serves as chair of the audit committees of the University of Law and Sembcorp Bournemouth Water. She has also served as chief financial officer of property businesses Avant Homes and Chelsfield Partners, and held the same role at Williams Lea Group, an information processing company, and was involved in its sale to Deutsche Post.

“I am very pleased to welcome Liz and Barry to bwin.party,” bwin.party chairman Philip Yea said of the appointments. “Their backgrounds will complement the portfolio of skills and experience of the other directors, whilst also filling the gaps left by Rod and Helmut when they retire later this year.”

bwin.party revealed in May last year that it would look for three new directors, including two to replace Perry and Kern, originally saying that it would make the appointments by the end of that year. The company is still looking to appoint a third independent non-executive director, specifically an individual with expertise in information technology, market trends and technology delivery in a consumer-facing digital business.

The operator said a number of candidates have been interviewed and shortlisted, and hoped that it would be able to make an announcement in due course.

Shares in bwin.party digital entertainment plc (Co. Data) (LSE:BPTY) are currently tradign down 2.95 per cent at 87.98 pence per share in London this morning.

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