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Francesco Rodano, the former head of remote gaming for Italy’s gambling regulator L’Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS), has joined Playtech as the supplier’s chief policy officer.

In his new role, Rodano will join Playtech’s executive management team and will be be tasked with engaging with policymakers and advising company leadership on governmental policies at local, national, state and European Union level.

He will also work on developing new business opportunities, establishing new relationships, and fostering existing connections with institutional organisations and industry stakeholders in all markets aside from Italy.

Rodano has more than 18 years’ experience working across a number of online businesses, and spent the past nine years at AAMS, where he took charge of leading and managing Italy’s iGaming regulation.

During his tenure he reformed the Italian regulatory framework and oversaw the introduction of a range of regulated iGaming products including poker in 2008 and casino games in 2011, attracting more than 100 new licensees to the market.

This helped the market’s gross gaming revenue grow to more than €800m, making it Europe’s second-largest regulated jurisdiction.

Since 2012 he has also been a member of the European Commission’s Group on Gambling Services, supporting the draft of a number of initiatives.

He will report directly to chief executive Mor Weizer in his new position.

“Thanks to his professional achievements and his personal stature, Francesco has become a highly influential figure in the international online gambling arena,” Weizer commented. “We’re delighted he has chosen to join Playtech and I’m sure he will provide an invaluable contribution to the further growth of the company.”

Rodano added: “After many years spent as a regulator, I’m excited to move to the industry side and to join Playtech at a time when focus on regulated markets is a global priority. Playtech has a talented and respected management team and I am really looking forward to supporting them on public policy matters.”

Shares in Playtech plc (Co.Data) (LSE:PTEC) have fallen 0.72 per cent to 831.50 pence per share in London this morning.