London-listed Devilfish Gaming – the online poker company set up by respected UK poker ace David "Devilfish" Ulliott, has a new executive chairman following the appointment of David Boden (51) this week.
Boden succeeds Kevin Leech, who will remain on the Board as a non-executive director. The new chairman is a widely experienced gaming and leisure operator who will bring significant assets to the board. He began his career with Mecca Leisure in 1977 and rose to become its operations director in 1989.
In 1994 he became Managing Director of Rank Amusements prior to becoming md of Grosvenor Casinos in 1996 and was then
promoted to having overall responsibilities for Rank Group Gaming Division in 1999. He became a Board member of Rank Group plc in 2005.
During his tenure as managing director of Rank Group Gaming Division (which included Rank's online business, Bluesquare.com) turnover grew to over GBP 1 billion with profits exceeding GBP120 million.
He has also contributed to additional roles within the gaming industry including Director of Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL), Deputy Chairman of the Bingo Association and a council member of the British Casino Association.
Devilfish CEO Paul Barnes, said: "The appointment of David Boden to the Board is a very significant milestone in our evolution as a multi-channel branded gaming operator. In addition to his many achievements, David has a strong profile within the financial investment community. It will be a great pleasure to be working closely with David."
Commenting on his appointment, Boden said: "I am delighted to be joining Devilfish Gaming plc. Devilfish.com is a highly
innovative online gaming brand with an extremely competent management team. It has considerable potential to build on the firm foundations that already exist and I look forward to helping the team realise that potential."