The Rank Group has appointed Mark Jones, the former UK Managing Director for LastMinute.com, as the new Managing Director for its Blue Square interactive gaming business.
Jones has joined with immediate effect from Harrods Limited where he served as Director for Harrods Home Shopping and will become a member of the Group's executive committee.
Maidenhead-based Rank stated that the 44-year-old is an experienced Internet retailer, having founded Online Travel Corporation and served as its Managing Director from 1998 to 2004 before LastMinute.com acquired the business.
“I am delighted to welcome Mark to Rank and I look forward to working with him as we seek to unlock growth opportunities in the gaming market both in the UK and overseas,” said Ian Burke, Chief Executive Officer for Rank.
'One of the major opportunities for the Group is to harness the strengths of our online and land-based businesses, building trusted brands, developing enjoyable gaming experiences and delivering them to the customer in the way that he or she wants to receive them.'
Rank operates 32 casinos in the UK alongside two in Belgium while its Blue Square subsidiary comprises a sportsbetting operation at BlueSq.com as well as a variety of casino, poker, bingo and games products including MeccaBingo.com, GrosvenorCasinos.com and GrosvenorPoker.com.