Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Camelot Chief's Retirement will Split the Company

Camelot chief, Dianne Thompson, announced her retirement last week. After her departure from the company, which runs the UK National Lottery, Camelot will be split into two divisions.

Andy Duncan, who presently manages Camelot's UK business, will be in charge of the UK division "Camelot UK Lotteries", and Camelot's Chief Financial Officer and Strategy Director, Nigel Railton, will head "Camelot Global Services"— responsible for overseas expansion.

The two new divisions will come into force on October 31, 2014. Duncan and Railton will report directly to, Camelot group chairman, Lee Sienna.

Thompson has been with Camelot for 17 years. She has been chief executive for 14 of those years and, during that time, she has fought—and won—two competitions for the license to run the UK National Lottery.  Camelot's current license allows the company to organize the lottery until 2023.

More recently, Thompson's biggest battles have been against, National Lottery rival, the Health Lottery, launched in 2011.

Speaking on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Thompson said: "I have always said that running Camelot has been my dream job, and I will look back over the last 14 years with great fondness and pride. I feel privileged to have worked with such fantastic colleagues who have always put National Lottery players—and the good causes we ultimately support—at the heart of everything we do."

Thompson had originally planned on leaving Camelot in 2012, but stayed on to assist with the group's overseas expansion project.