London-listed mobile gaming supplier Nektan has confirmed that its chief executive David Gosen will resign at the end of this month, with the company’s executive chairman Gary Shaw assuming the role of interim CEO until a replacement is found.

Nektan said that Gosen has decided to resign from the board to explore new opportunities.

He joined the company as CEO a year ago, having previously served as European managing director for media, digital and mobile for consumer monitoring corporation Nielsen.

"We would like to thank David for the progress the business has made in the last 12 months, and its continuing growth is testament to the solid building blocks the company established during his tenure. We wish David well for his future endeavours,” said executive chairman Gary Shaw, who will assume the role of interim CEO while the board undertakes a search for a permanent replacement.

As a result of Shaw’s move, Nektan has appointed Jim Wilkinson, currently independent non-executive director, as non-executive chairman of the company.

Wilkinson is currently chief financial officer for Oxford Sciences Innovation plc, a company recently established to invest in companies transferring technology created from Oxford University's research into commercial enterprises. Prior to this, amongst other roles, he was CFO of Sportingbet between 2008 and 2013.

“I am delighted that Jim Wilkinson has agreed to accept the role of non-executive chairman,” said Shaw. “He is a highly valued member of the board and we look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as we take the company into the next phase of its development and continue to deliver further strong growth."

Shares in Nektan plc (Co. Data) (AIM:NKTN) dropped 3.85 per cent to 125.00 pence per share in London this morning following the announcement.


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