The executive director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission André Wilsenach is to end his fourteen year tenure with the regulator to take on a new position with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Wilsenach will serve as executive director of the UNLV’s newly-established International Centre for Gaming Regulation (ICGR), stepping down from his position with AGCC at the end of January 2016.

He has served as executive director of the AGCC since 2002, a year after the regulator was established, having previously worked on the regulation of land-based gaming in his native South Africa.

“Whilst we are naturally sorry that André will be departing after 14 astonishingly successful years with us in Alderney, we are delighted that he has been sought out by the University of Nevada Las Vegas to set up and run such a highly prestigious academic centre,” AGCC chairman Lord Richard Falconer commented.

“His appointment is a huge compliment to the quality and effectiveness of the AGCC’s regulatory régime, and to André’s achievement in helping to establish it.

“He leaves the Commission in excellent shape, and well able to face whatever challenges the future may bring,” Falconer continued. “We shall make an announcement about his successor very soon.”

Wilsenach said that the decision to move on had been difficult, especially after such a long association with the AGCC, Alderney and Guernsey.

“I am extremely proud of Alderney’s standing in the world as a jurisdiction and pleased to leave the AGCC in the hands of a very professional and capable leadership.”

The ICGR is an independent entity, established in partnership with Boyd Law School and the International Gaming Institute, dedicated to the study and dissemination of the gaming sector’s best regulatory practices. In June this year Nevada governor Brian Sandoval signed an appropriations bill committing to providing the ICGR with $500,000 in annual funding.

“The position at the International Centre for Gaming Regulation presents an exciting opportunity to apply my knowledge and experience of regulating both the terrestrial and online gaming sectors in promoting regulatory best practices around the world, and where better to do it from than Las Vegas, the capital of the gaming industry,” concluded Wilsenach.

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