(Reuters) – British bookmaker William Hill <WMH.L> said on Wednesday it named Roger Devlin as its chairman-designate, who will take over from Gareth Davis in April.
The appointment comes at the end of a detailed search process for picking a successor for Davis, who had indicated he would step down after the 2018 AGM.
Davis, who also chairs Wolseley Plc <WOS.L> and DS Smith Plc <SMDS.L>, has seen William Hill walk out of talks on two potential deals in the last year including a three-way merger with bingo hall operator Rank Group Plc <RNK.L> and 888 Holdings Plc <888.L>.
Media reports had also suggested that Davis came under attack from the company’s investors over failed merger talks with the Canadian company. https://goo.gl/DKlZi5
The appointment caps a year of management transitions in the company, which named a new CEO and CFO in March.
Devlin is also chairman of British pubs company Marston’s Plc <MARS.L> since September 2013.
Devlin will join the board on Feb. 1 and will start as chairman on April 2, when Davis steps down.
(Reporting by Rahul B in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Sunil Nair)