he company's current COO in Malta, Richard Woodbridge, has accepted an offer in another industry and will leave LeoVegas at the end of May.
Mårten Forste is currently in his third year as Chairman of LeoVegas and worked prior to this at Match Group, which includes the brands Match, Meetic and Tinder. His main role was as COO of Match.com and Meetic in Europe. In addition to this he has 12 years of experience from the gaming industry, where he successfully worked in various operational roles. Including these roles Forste has a total of some 20 years of experience with fast-growing technology companies. This extensive industry knowledge combined with valuable insight into operations, development and optimization of a global, digital and consumer-oriented product is highly beneficial for LeoVegas.
LeoVegas' nomination committee will present a recommendation for a new chairman not later than in connection with publication of the Annual General Meeting notice.
"After having served on the Board since 2012, I am proud to join LeoVegas' operations team," comments Mårten Forste. "The gaming market is dynamic, and I am convinced that we are in the best possible place to further strengthen our position as market leader in the casino segment. I look forward to working further on the course charted by the management team, creating shareholder value and continuing to take market shares by delivering a safe, sustainable and entertaining customer experience."
Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO, comments: "It is truly unfortunate to lose such an ambitious and talented person as Richard Woodbridge. He is highly appreciated in the company, and I wish him success in the future. Mårten is the perfect successor, as he has been with LeoVegas from the start and is a strong contributing force behind our strategy and operations. He has good knowledge about all parts of LeoVegas and our culture, and he knows what we need to do to further develop the company and be `King of Casino'. His experience clearly makes him the right person to further build upon what Richard has started."