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London-listed betting and gaming operator Ladbrokes Coral Group has brought in experienced international banker Annemarie Durbin to the company’s board as an additional non-executive director.

Durbin is currently a non-executive director of UK retail chain WHSmith plc and high street bank Santander UK plc, and is a qualified lawyer with more than 25 years' international banking experience, particularly across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, operating at board and executive committee level.

She is also chair of the Financial Conduct Authority's Listing Authority Advisory Panel, the body that advises the FCA on listings and governance issues, and is an executive coach, a conflict mediator and provides board governance consultancy services.

"With the completion of the merger and the creation of Ladbrokes Coral, we have set out in creating a board with the relevant experience and expertise to help us deliver the many opportunities we see for this business," said John Kelly, chairman of Ladbrokes Coral Group.

"I am delighted to welcome Annemarie to the Ladbrokes Coral Board. She brings significant operational, strategic and financial expertise and experience to the role including an excellent understanding of running a business with global operations."

Durbin joins the company's board with immediate effect and will also take up membership of the Audit, Remuneration, Social Responsibility and Nomination Committees with effect from March 1st.

Ladbrokes Coral's board now comprises nine members, with Durbin serving alongside chairman Kelly, CEO Jim Mullen, executive deputy chairman Carl Leaver, chief financial officer Paul Bowtell, and non-executive directors Mark Clare, Christine Hodgson, Mark Pain, Stevie Spring and Rob Templeman.

Shares in Ladbrokes Coral Group plc (Co. Data) (LSE:LCL) were trading down 1.74 per cent at 124.00 pence per share in London earlier Tuesday.