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Ladbrokes Appoints Director

Ladbrokes, the world’s largest fixed-odds betting operator, has named Chris Palmer as corporate development director. He replaces Alan Ross, who is retiring.

Palmer was formerly managing director for Hesketh Family Office.

Ross, who was with Ladbrokes for 37 years, has been on the operator’s board since 2006. He will remain in an advisory capacity. “Alan has made an enormous contribution to Ladbrokes and the betting and gaming industry,” said Chris Bell, Ladbrokes CEO. “He played a major role in developing the business from the introduction of live pictures into betting shops through SiS in 1986 to the introduction of fixed-odds betting terminals in 1998, and he played a significant part in our major acquisitions and disposals across the globe.”