888 Holdings, a leading name in the gambling industry, is set to welcome Sean Wilkins as its incoming group chief financial officer. This transition will occur on February 1, 2024, with Wilkins taking over from the current CFO, Yariv Dafna.
Interim Leadership and Experience
Before Wilkins assumes his position, Vaughan Lewis, 888’s chief strategy officer, will fill the CFO role temporarily from October 2, 2023, when Dafna departs. Lewis will keep the seat warm until Wilkins’ official takeover in early 2024.
Wilkins isn’t new to high-stakes finance roles. He currently contributes his expertise to Super Bet, a Romanian gaming titan. His understanding of the gaming sector makes him an ideal choice for his new role at 888.
His past experiences include significant stints at non-gambling companies. He spent over five years in finance at O2 Asia, followed by a five-year tenure at Tesco, where he held the roles of CFO, strategy and international director, Telecoms and then CFO for Malaysia. His journey also includes a brief period as the general manager of supermarkets finance at Coles before he joined Domino’s Pizza Group as CFO.
Building a Strong Future at 888 Holdings
In his new role, Wilkins will report to Per Widerström, the upcoming CEO of 888, starting from October 16. With a keen eye on the company’s growth and best payout strategies, Wilkins expressed excitement about joining 888. His recent involvement in iGaming and online betting has made him familiar with 888’s operations.
He acknowledged the company’s recent acquisition of William Hill as a strategic move towards long-term success. With all the necessary brands, technology, and personnel, 888 is well-positioned to cement its status as a powerhouse. Wilkins is enthusiastic about contributing to 888’s leadership team and enhancing shareholder value.
A Warm Welcome and Future Growth
Lord Mendelsohn, 888’s executive chairman, expressed confidence in the new appointment. After a thorough selection process, the company believes that Wilkins’ understanding of the betting and gaming sector, combined with his financial experience, will help 888 grow and evolve.
The company recently reported strong growth in revenue and adjusted EBITDA in their H1 results. In addition to acquiring William Hill, 888 is also focusing on streamlining its business by divesting its Latvian properties. With no wagering bonuses and a clear vision for the future, 888 is set to reach new heights under Wilkins’ financial leadership.