888 (LSE:888), one of the world's leading online betting and gaming companies, is pleased to announce, following the completion of the acquisition of the international (non-US) business of William Hill, the expansion of the board of directors with the appointments of Andrea Gisle Joosen, Andria Vidler and Randy Freer as Independent Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect.
Andrea Gisle Joosen
Andrea is a highly experienced non-executive director having held leadership positions across multiple international technology and consumer industries companies. Andrea currently serves as a non-executive director for Currys plc in the UK and Billerud AB in Sweden.
She previously chaired Sweden-headquartered Acast AB and was a non-executive director at ICA Gruppen, James Hardie Industries plc and Mr Green & Co, the online gaming business which was acquired by William Hill plc in 2018.
During her executive career, Andrea has held numerous leadership roles in the media and technology sectors including as CEO of Boxer TV Sweden and as Managing Director of Nordics for Panasonic, Chantelle Group, and Twentieth Century Fox.
Andria has 30 years’ experience in marketing and technology, focusing on re-energising brands through consumer engagement and digital innovation. Since 2020 she has been the CEO of Tag EMEA, the independent end-to-end creative production partner for brands and agencies. Andria leads the global ESG strategy for Tag.
Andria spent the previous six years as CEO of Centaur Media PLC. Prior to Centaur, Andria spent four years as CEO for EMI Music UK & Ireland and has held senior roles at Bauer Media and at the BBC. She was a non- executive for Gamesys PLC where she chaired the ESG committee. She has previously served as a Trustee for the Media Trust and The Roundhouse Trust from and as Chairman of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.
Randy Freer is CEO of The Freer Company which provides business vision and brand narrative advice to a broad spectrum of companies. Prior to setting up The Freer Company, Randy was CEO of Hulu, the American subscription streaming service.
Before Hulu, Randy led 21st Century Fox's global entertainment and sports television assets. As President and COO of the Fox Networks Group he oversaw all operational areas and distribution and advertising revenue, business development, and strategy. Randy also served on the Hulu, National Geographic, and Big Ten Network boards in this role. Randy was also previously a Senior Advisor to McKinsey Consulting in the TMT, Sports and Advertising Tech, and Digital Transition sectors.
Lord Mendelsohn, Non-Executive Chairman of 888 Holdings Plc, commented:
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome three outstanding candidates in Andrea, Andria and Randy to the Board of 888. As well as further strengthening the Group’s corporate governance structure, they each bring extensive and highly relevant skills and experience to our Board which will be of significant benefit to the Group as it delivers its long-term strategic objectives as an enlarged business post the completion of our acquisition of William Hill.
“888 has a number of very exciting opportunities ahead and I am looking forward to working closely with our strengthened Board to continue to deliver the Group's growth strategy and generate further stakeholder value."