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Leaver leads Ladbrokes list

Former head of Marks & Spencer’s international division is among those thought to be in line to replace Chris Bell as Chief Executive Officer.

Friday 29th January 2010

Carl Leaver, the former head of Marks & Spencer’s international division, could soon take the reins at online and land-based betting firm Ladbrokes after current Chief Executive Officer Chris Bell announced his decision to step down. 52-year-old Bell revealed last week that he will be leaving in the summer after nine years in charge and the Harrow-based giant is currently in the process of drawing up a short-list of candidates to replace him. According to a report from The Guardian newspaper, Leaver is being considered because the British firm needs a Chief Executive Officer that has specialist retail background. “Ladbrokes needs a retailing specialist not just someone steeped in the gambling industry,” the newspaper quoted an unidentified City analyst as stating. Leaver spent seven years at Whitbread before leaving to become Chief Executive Officer for De Vere Group. He has also worked at Nomura, Mars And Forte and is thought to have left Marks & Spencer 18 months ago after it became clear that he was not among the candidates competing to succeed Stuart Rose as Chief Executive Officer. The Guardian reported that the candidate list drawn up by head-hunter JCA also includes Andy Harrison, the departing boss of budget airline EasyJet, alongside the Chief Executive Officer for leading online sportsbetting firm SportingBet, Andrew McIver. The Managing Director for Coral, Nick Rust, is also on the list as is internal candidate John O'Reilly, head of Ladbrokes' online gaming division. The newspaper stated that a decision is several months away and Bell's successor would need to be vetted by Peter Erskine, the new Chairman for Ladbrokes and former boss at mobile telephone group O2. The Guardian declared that Erskine is said to favour of an appointment from outside of the company.

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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