William Hill appoints travel industry veteran to board

William Hill appoints travel industry veteran to board

Monday, October 22, 2018 Posted by News Team
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Chief executive of travel technology solutions position Travelport to join board from January 2nd 2019

William Hill has appointed Gordon Wilson, president and chief executive of travel technology solutions provider Travelport Worldwide, as an independent non-executive director of the business. 

Wilson, who will join the William Hill board on January 2nd 2019, has been CEO of Travelport since 2011. He led the company, which supplies booking software and powers apps and technology for companies such as easyJet, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic, through an initial public offering in 2014. 

As well as serving as CEO of Travelport, Wilson also serves as chair of travel payments provider eNett, as well as sitting on the executive committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council. 

William Hill chairman Roger Devlin noted that through his current roles, Wilson had gained extensive experience of developing and deploying proprietary technology and data at scale in a number of global markets. 

“This, alongside his knowledge of the US market in particular, bring great value to William Hill given our strategic priorities and focus on capturing the opportunity provided by sports betting regulation in the US,” Devlin explained. 

Wilson added: "It is a fascinating time to join the board of William Hill and I look forward to bringing my experience to the table to play a part in the ongoing growth of the business.”

On joining the board, Wilson will become a member of its corporate responsibility and nomination committees. 

In related, news, Sir Roy Gardner will step down as William Hill’s senior independent non-executive director, effective November 20th. Mark Brooker, who currently serves as a non-executive director, will take over as senior independent non-executive director. 

"We thank Roy for his extensive contribution to William Hill since joining the board in 2014, a period which had substantial change,” Devlin said. “Most recently, Roy led the board's process to appoint a new chairman. We also welcome Mark Brooker to the role of senior independent non-executive director reflecting his significant input since joining the board in April 2017."

Brooker, formerly chief operating officer and executive director at Betfair, currently chairs the board’s corporate responsibility committee, and sits on the nomination, remuneration and audit and risk management committees.

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