opping joined William Hill in 1973 and has held various positions within the company, including Retail Operations Director and Internet Director. He will become Chief Executive with immediate effect.
Charles Scott, Chairman of William Hill, said: "The Board has undertaken an extremely thorough search process over recent months. We have tested the market place in considerable detail. I am delighted that we have reached the view that in Ralph, who brings more than 35 years of industry experience to the role, we have a first class appointment. We will also benefit from his deep knowledge of the William Hill business."
Scott has been filling the role of Executive Chairman since the departure of David Harding in September last year. Mr. Harding announced that he was stepping down as CEO in June 2007 having served the company for seven years. Mr Scott will now resume his role as Chairman.
Ralph Topping said: "Our industry is facing significant change and new challenges, not least the challenges that come from new regulation. There are also major opportunities for William Hill as we rapidly develop our online businesses and continue to build on the success of our UK operations. I look forward to leading the company as Chief Executive, and to working with the Board and management team. We will build on the company’s successes and drive the company forward.”