GVC Holdings PLC has confirmed the appointment of two new Directors to its Board. David Satz joins as an Independent Non-Executive Director with immediate effect, and Robert Hoskin will be promoted to the Board as an Executive Director on January 1 2021 in the role of Chief Governance Officer.
According to the firm, Satz played a critical role in successfully lobbying for online gaming and sports betting to be licensed in the US. He was most recently Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Development for Caesars Entertainment Corporation in Las Vegas, where he worked from 2002 to 2019.
He was responsible for overseeing Caesars’ government activities for more than 52 properties in 15 states in the US and several other countries around the world. He previously spent 16 years at the US law firm Saiber Schlesinger Satz Goldstein LLC, where he had a particular focus on the gaming industry and played a key role in numerous regulatory and legislative initiatives throughout the US.
Hoskin has been at GVC since 2005 and will take up the role of Chief Governance Officer, overseeing GVC’s legal, regulatory, governance and social responsibility affairs. He is currently Group Director of Legal, Regulatory and Secretariat and has been instrumental to the group’s growth and development in that time, overseeing its corporate governance, legal and regulatory requirements across more than 20 countries in five continents, whilst also supporting various M&A transactions.
Barry Gibson, Chairman of GVC, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming two such high calibre individuals to our Board. David has unrivalled regulatory and legislative expertise in the all-important US gaming market. His knowledge and insight will be hugely additive in helping us to achieve our ambition of being the leading operator in the US through BetMGM, our fast-growing joint venture with MGM Resorts.
“Robert has made an outstanding contribution to GVC in his 15 years at the Group, and his promotion is richly deserved. The fact that regulation, legal and governance are now represented at Board level will give us even greater oversight of these critically important areas, all of which are central to our long-term growth plans.”