William Hill, the popular British gaming company, is overhauling its online business. As part of the changes, the current head of online operations, Grant Williams, is stepping down from his post.
Williams Says Farewell to Will Hill
Recently, William Hill has been drawing closer to MRG, the gambling company that owns iconic brands, such as Mr. Green. William Hill is prepared to pay as much as £240 for the new entity, but the company will have to do some internal reshuffling to make this work in its best interest, too.
As a result, Grant Williams, the man who heads the online business of the company, has announced his decision to walk away from the job. This comes not so late after Mr. Williams was originally appointed back in February, 2018, around the same time when the operator was fined hefty £6.2 million for failing to meet its anti-money laundering (AML) and social responsibility obligations.
The company is already moving in with a replacement, having announced the appointment of Phil Walker, who will take over the online segment for both the United Kingdom and Ireland. In his role of a managing director, Mr. Walker will have to take care of a number of aspects of the company’s business, including overseeing MRG’s new base of operation in Malta, one of the world’s most welcoming gambling venues.
Mr. Walker will bring a lot of valuable experience to the table, too, as he took an executive role at Ladbrokes, having served as managing director o sports, and presently serves as COO at the Gibraltar Stock Exchange.
Clearly, Mr. Walker is well-versed in offshore regulation, which will be of particular importance to William Hill in trying to avoid a repeat of the financial penalty it suffered from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) as mentioned.
The appointment of Mr. Walker is endorsed by Ulrik Bengtsson who serves as the current CDO at William Hill. According to Mr. Bengtsson, William Hill has found a reliable new executive in the face of Mr. Walker.
Phil comes to William Hill with a strong track record in the industry and will have a clear focus on the UK and Ireland markets moving forward and will be key to achieving our ambitions for digital growth in the coming years.
William Hill is also putting great store by the expansion of its operations in Malta and the addition of MRG. As a result of the deal, William Hill will benefit by venturing into a new hub from where the company will have an international reach, as shared by the former CEO Philip Bowcock.
Given the benefits of the deal, MRG and William Hill both intend to be pushing ahead with the deal sometime between December and January so 2019 may see the expansion of business. And while the company continues to focus on the big deals, it’s also padding out its hires.
On Friday, November 16, William Hill appointed Charlotte Emery as the company’s global brand director. Clearly, Will Hill are onto a good thing, and it starts in mid-December, with Mr. Walker at the helm.