Canadian regulator the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation (MBLL) has appointed a new chief executive as it looks to refine its core operations and accelerate growth.

John Stinson has served as CEO since February 2015 and will now be replaced by Peter Hak, who has held several senior positions since joining Manitoba Lotteries in 1984, including vice president of gaming, director of finance and administration, and audit manager roles.

Hak will serve as interim CEO with immediate effect.

The MBLL is responsible for the distribution and sale of alcohol as well as gaming operations including the Video Lotto network, PlayNow.com and the sale of Western Canada Lottery products.

The change is designed to facilitate the next phase of growth for MBLL, which will include improving its gaming and entertainment services.

“As a board, our job is to maximize the positive impact MBLL can have on the Manitoba economy and in the lives of all Manitobans,” said MBLL board chair Polly Craik. “Clear strategic direction, sound business principles and strong executive leadership are the keys to ensuring we are well positioned to support the province through our core operations.

“John played a key role in guiding MBLL through a period of significant change, and we thank him for his leadership,” Craik added. “Peter will have the Board’s full support through this important transition.”

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