|Online casino Sportingbet.com has announced the appointment of Peter Dicks to the role of Non-Executive Chairman along with the selection of James Wilkinson as the site’s Group Finance Director.|
Dicks was Chairman for Sportingbet.com from 2000 until making headlines last year by being arrested while visiting New York on a sealed warrant issued by the southern state of Louisiana. The Governor of New York, George Pataki, subsequently blocked extradition but Dicks resigned from the board to avoid future harassment. In addition, Sportingbet.com paid a $400,000 settlement to Louisiana authorities.
Wilkinson previously served as Group Finance Director for Johnson Service Group for three years and has extensive listed company and finance experience. Wilkinson began his career at Touche Ross, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991, before going on to work for the Informa Group for ten years in a variety of roles culminating with his appointment as Group Finance Director.
'I am delighted to welcome both Peter and Jim to the group,” said Andrew McIver, Chief Executive Officer for Sportingbet.
“Subsequent to our complete exit from the US market following the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act in October 2006, we embarked on a significant restructuring of the business. This is now largely finished and these two appointments complete the personnel changes we wished to make as part of that restructuring.
'The restructuring and other initiatives we have undertaken since October of 2006 provide the group with a solid foundation from which to deliver future growth. Current trading is encouraging and we are confident we are on track to meet full year expectations.'