Dianne Thompson CBE to retire as Camelot Group CEO after 14 years

Group to be restructured into two separate entities: Andy Duncan to lead core UK business, Nigel Railton to head Global Team

Camelot today announced that Dianne Thompson CBE has decided to retire on 31 October 2014 after 14 years as Group CEO and 17 years with the company. During this time, she has led the company to become one of the world’s most successful lottery operators, fought and won two licence competitions, secured a four-year extension to the current licence to 2023, raised billions of pounds for National Lottery Good Causes, and made a truly life-changing difference to people and communities across the UK.

Over the next six months, the group will be separated into two clear functions to ensure the best possible platform for continued future growth, both in the UK and overseas. Andy Duncan – MD of the UK business since 2011 – will become CEO of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (CUKL), and Nigel Railton – currently Group CFO and Strategy Director – will become CEO of Camelot Global Services Limited. Both will take up their new positions on 31 October 2014 and will report in to Lee Sienna, the Chairman of the Camelot Group of Companies. Dianne, Andy and Nigel will work closely with employees across the group to finalise the enhanced structure.

Lee Sienna, Chairman, said: “Dianne Thompson’s contribution to Camelot and the worldwide lottery sector has been immense. Under her leadership, the UK National Lottery has gone from strength to strength – with long-term sales growth of over 35% and more than £21 billion raised for National Lottery Good Causes during her time as Chief Executive. She leaves a lasting legacy, with the group in the best possible position to build on her achievements. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Dianne for her dedication, drive and unrivalled business acumen over the past 14 years.

“A vibrant and flourishing UK National Lottery will continue to remain at the very heart of Camelot’s operations, with the group also looking to add to its growing portfolio of interests outside of the UK. In appointing two CEOs with the calibre and experience of Andy Duncan and Nigel Railton, there will be a seamless transition to the next chapter of Camelot’s history.”

Dianne 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. Through their energy and creative drive, we have grown sales, and therefore revenues for National Lottery projects, over the long term. Having successfully broken into the fiercely-competitive global lotteries market, the group is also on a great footing to fulfil its long-term international growth aspirations.

“In Andy Duncan and Nigel Railton, backed by the continued long-term support of Camelot’s owner, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’), I leave the group in very talented, experienced and committed hands. Under their leadership, I know that the business – soon to be two businesses – will flourish.”

Dianne had initially planned to leave the company in 2012 but, at the request of Teachers’, agreed to continue in her role in order to devise and implement the group’s ambitious international growth strategy, while further developing the UK strategy. She has agreed to make herself available to Camelot in a consultative capacity, while pursuing her other business and charitable interests.

Andy Duncan said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to build on all of Dianne’s achievements, which have seen Camelot become a world-leading multi-channel lottery operator. We already lead the world in digital lottery innovation and this will become even more of a key focus in the years ahead. I am very excited at the prospect of leading such a talented team as we continue to deliver on The National Lottery’s promise to be truly life-changing for both winners and society.”

Having worked very closely with Dianne on the UK business over the last two and a half years, Andy is ideally placed to take over as CEO of CUKL. He recently orchestrated the successful launch of new Lotto – the first substantive change to The National Lottery’s flagship game since it launched in 1994 – which has turned around the game’s long-term sales decline. He has also overseen a massive expansion in The National Lottery’s digital services – including the launch of a new mobile platform and engaging apps, a growing social media presence, and the creation of a bespoke ‘digital team’, which is working on the imminent launch of an entirely new online platform.

Andy will continue to lead this ongoing programme of digital transformation to ensure that the UK National Lottery, as it has done since launch in 1994, continues to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing digital landscape and in the face of ever-increasing competition – and continues to deliver for players, the Good Causes it supports and UK society as a whole for the next 20 years and beyond.

Nigel Railton said: “Dianne’s reputation across the lottery world is unrivalled. Her commitment to the UK National Lottery and wider lottery industry has been unwavering, as has her dedication to seeing the sector grow responsibly. Having worked very closely with her for the last 16 years, I am indebted to Dianne for all of her guidance – especially as we have pressed ahead with our global expansion plans. With a number of international consultancy contracts won and some ambitious plans on the horizon, this is a really exciting time for Camelot Global – and I’m very much looking forward to building on these successes.”

Click here to view Dianne Thompson's key achievements: 2000-2014.

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