Austrian gambling giant Novomatic has appointed former Austrian politician Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek as head of corporate responsibility and sustainability.

Glawischnig served as the federal spokesperson for the Green Party from 2008 until she retired from politics in May 2017, having also served as a member of the National Council of Austria (Nationalrat) and vice-chair of the Austrian Green Party.

Novomatic chief executive Harald Neumann highlighted Glawischnig's many years of experience in social and corporate responsibility, as well as the battles she has had with the gaming industry which resulted in Vienna’s ban on slot machines in 2015.

"Of course, in the past there was controversy between our company and Eva Glawischnig," Neumann said. "In the end, Ms. Glawischnig got to know Novomatic better and we have seen that our views are largely the same.”

Commenting on her new role, Glawischnig said that she joined the company to help Novomatic set worldwide standards for corporate responsibility.

"Corporate responsibility and sustainability have been core themes of my many years at the Greens,” she said. “I am pleased to now have the opportunity to promote these topics globally at one of the few global Austrian corporations.”

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