GVC Holdings Expands Eurobet Operations With New Rome Office
The UK’s largest high street bookmaker chain has continued its European expansion by moving staff into new offices in Italy. GVC Holdings, the owner of Ladbrokes, Coral and Gala brands, moved 380 Eurobet employees to a newly built 400 capacity office in Rome.
The office, which is situated in Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia, near to the Piazza del Popolo region of Rome will also be home to bwin and Gioco Digitale staff. The new facilities cover an area of 4,200 square metres and are spread over six floors. Employees have dubbed the new office “Casa GVC Italy”.
The move to the new offices has allowed all Eurobet’s departments to work together at the same premises. These teams include gaming, marketing, legal, HR, finance, IT, commercial and trading teams as well as the firm’s VIP and legal teams.
A spokesperson for GVC Holdings said the move was necessary as the Italian teams had outgrown their previous offices which they had occupied for 13 years. The spokesperson added that the space available was not adequate to house GVC’s three Italy-focused betting brands.
As well as making changes to its real estate, GVC Holdings is also making changes at boardroom level. The company have announced that retail MD Mark Chambers will be leaving his role.
Chambers was promoted to his position following the departures of former Ladbrokes Coral COO Andy Hornby and UK digital MD Mark Kemp. He will be leaving the post in March next year. GVC has given no reason for the departure.
In an email sent to staff, CEO Kenny Alexander said that Chambers departure is a “real loss” but praised the strength of the existing team. He added the change was an opportunity to make new operational changes. He added;
Retail is at the very heart of our business and has a fantastic future as part of GVC. We’re investing heavily from both a retail technology and people perspective, to ensure we continue to win in the market, and this is a very exciting time for our future plans.– Kenny Alexander, GVC CEO
The group’s retail operations in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Italy will be under the control of current COO Shay Segev. Another change sees retail operations and development director at Ladbrokes Coral; Andy Hicks promoted to retail MD.