Gaming and lottery supplier GTECH has appointed James Hurley to lead the company’s investor relations activities with immediate effect, where he will report to chief financial officer Alberto Fornaro.

Hurley joins GTECH from Ralph Lauren, the publicly listed luxury fashion brand, where he has served as vice president of investor relations since 2007.

As senior vice president of investor relations for GTECH, Hurley will be responsible for promoting the supplier’s business objectives while enhancing its image and reputation within the investment community.

Hurley’s role will be to communicate the company’s business and financial strategy as well as its product and service offerings to external stakeholders. He will report to GTECH executive vice president and CFO Alberto Fornaro.

“GTECH’s financial communications strategy must take into account the highly regulated environment in which it operates and the diversity of business segments it covers, a scale that will be further enlarged with the upcoming acquisition of IGT,” said Fornaro. “At Ralph Lauren, James established himself as a world-class communicator with a proven ability to navigate complex international business environments.

“I am confident that James will lead us in adopting industry best practices for a NYSE-listed company and successfully design and implement GTECH's strategic and tactical investor relations plans.”

From 2007, Hurley was vice president of investor relations at Ralph Lauren, the publicly traded apparel and retail company. His earlier finance career included equity research with Bear Stearns and Telsey Advisory Group, as well as banking experience with JP Morgan.

Shares in GTECH S.p.A (Co. Data) (MIL:GTK) were trading up marginally by 0.95 per cent to €18.05 per share in Milan earlier Monday.