Former Scientific Games chief resigns from Sportech board

Lorne Weil, former chief executive of US gaming and lottery software supplier Scientific Games, has resigned from Sportech’s board of directors with immediate effect.

Sportech confirmed Thursday that Weil had tendered his resignation from the board with immediate effect, although he will continue to be affiliated with the company as an advisor to the business.

The operator said that Weil’s resignation was a “re-alignment of responsibilities” in line with the company’s strategic ambition.

Weil was appointed a non-executive director of Sportech in October 2010 following Sportech’s acquisition of Scientific Games Racing (now Sportech Racing). At the time he was chief executive and chairman of Scientific Games, a role he had held from 1991 until November of last year, when the positions were separated with Ronald Perelman taking over the chairmanship of the business.

A week later, Weil was replaced as chief executive by Scientific Games’ vice chairman David Kennedy.

Commenting on the departure, Sportech chairman Roger Withers said that Weil had been an important contributor to the board, adding that “as a leading figure over many years in the gaming and technology industries in the United States, we look forward to his continued involvement as a consultant.”

Weil’s resignation leaves seven members of Sportech’s board. Chairman Withers, the company’s chief executive Ian Penrose and chief financial officer Cliff Baty are supported by three non-executive directors.

Former Selfridges CEO Peter Williams serves as a senior independent non-executive director, alongside non-executive director and audit committee chair David McKeith, a former senior office partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the most recent addition to the board, Slingo CEO Rich Roberts. 

The company’s chief operating officer Ian Hogg also sits on the board, though he is to leave the company by the end of the year as a result of a reduction in the operator’s UK activity following the sale of its loss-making Vernons iGaming business in October 2013.

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