Playtech has hired former Betfair and William Hill group operations director Ian Chuter as a strategic advisor with a wide-ranging remit focusing on gaming, sports betting, and mergers and acquisitions.

Chuter has more than 25 years’ experience in the gambling sector and will join Playtech on November 2nd.

He joins from Betfair, where he has spent the past four and a half years with responsibility for risk, fraud, payments, customer services and sports operations, as part of the operator’s management team.

Chuter spent almost a decade of his career with William Hill, where he took charge of retail and online, before moving to gaming and sportsbook operations, and then being promoted to group director of operations for the operator’s UK and international businesses.

During his time with the operator he has already worked closely with Playtech as part of the team that negotiated the William Hill Online joint venture, with the deal widely lauded as a strategic masterstroke that kick-started the company’s iGaming offering.

He has also served as sales and marketing director for Rank Group and worked with high street gaming business Talarius before joining William Hill in 2001.

“Ian is one of the best operators in the business,” Playtech chief operating officer Shimon Akad said. “He has a proven track record of managing large-scale transformational projects and delivering great success everywhere he has worked.

“We’re delighted he has chosen to join Playtech and I’m confident he will be an invaluable member of the senior management team as we continue to grow this incredible business.”

Chuter added he was thrilled to be joining Playtech at what he described as an exciting time for the business.

“I know the management team very well from my days at William Hill and am really looking forward to working closely with them on a number of very exciting projects.”

Shares in Playtech plc (Co. Data) (LSE:PTEC) were trading up 1.18 per cent at 811.50 pence per share in London earlier Tuesday.