Online gaming technology and solutions provider Playtech has appointed John Jackson to its board of directors, replacing non-executive deputy chairman Hilary Stewart-Jones who will resign from the board on December 31st.

Jackson joins from Jamie Oliver Holdings where he has served as chief executive since 2007. His previous roles include nine years as group retail and leisure director of Virgin Group, four years as group chief executive of Semara, and five years as managing director of The Body Shop International.

His current roles include non-executive chairman of Rick Stein Group, senior independent director of Game Digital plc, and non-executive director of Wilkinson's Hardware Stores.

Jackson joins the Playtech board on January 1st, 2016, and will sit on the board's Remuneration Committee, Risk and Compliance Committee, Audit Committee, and Nominations Committee.

The company also announced Thursday that non-executive deputy chairman Hilary Stewart-Jones has resigned from the board, effective December 31st, in order to pursue other business interests.

Stewart-Jones assumed the deputy chairman position in December 2014, having joined Playtech's board in October 2013 from law firm DLA Piper.

Commenting on the board changes, Playtech chairman Alan Jackson said: "I am delighted to welcome John to Playtech's board in the important role of non-executive director. He brings a wealth of consumer industry experience to the company, having worked with some of the most iconic brands of the last 30 years. This, combined with his strong accountancy and finance background, will prove invaluable to Playtech's continued growth.

"The board is grateful to Hilary for her service during a period of continued growth and diversification at Playtech. Her contribution has been of huge value to the business and we wish her every success in the future."

Shares in Playtech plc (Co. Data) (LSE:PTEC) closed in London Thursday, prior to the announcement, up 1.23 per cent at 823.00 pence per share.