Marketing director quits betting company

Stanley Leisure marketing director Tony Gibbons has left the betting and casino operator just weeks after the departure of managing director Paul Collis. It is not known whether he has a job to go to.

Director of business Steve Myers will take on the marketing director’s duties in the short term, although the company is expected to look for a replacement. One insider says that Gibbons’ appointment “just did not work out”.

The departures come at a challenging time for the company, which is jostling for position with other casino UK operators as well as larger international rivals to prepare for proposed deregulation in 2006.

Collis, who resigned from the board and his position as managing director of the gaming division, has since been replaced by finance director Michael Riddy.

Stanley Leisure claims to be the largest casino operator with 41 casinos around the UK. The Stanley Racing division is the UK’s fourth-largest bookmaker, with more than 650 shops, and was recently rebranded as Stanleybet.

Stanley Leisure does not have a single retained ad agency in the UK, although it works with a number of regional agencies on a project basis. Sources at the company say it is likely to consolidate its business into a single agency prior to the deregulation of the industry.

Latest from Marketing Week

PLEASE SIGN IN OR REGISTER. IT'S FREE, QUICK AND EASY!

Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and inspiration that will help you develop as a marketer and leader.

Register and receive the best content from the only title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work, so we can make Marketing Week more relevant to you.

Register now

THE BEST CONTENT

Our award winning editorial team and columnists will ask the biggest questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.

THE BIGGEST ISSUES

From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we will be your guide.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Dedicated to developing your skills and helping you achieve marketing excellence. Find guidance on leadership, professional development and the latest industry jobs.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3711 or email subscriptions@marketingweek.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here