Dutch Lottery board appoints Alexander Pechtold as chairman

Pechtold had a long politcal career in the Democrats 66 party.
Pechtold had a long politcal career in the Democrats 66 party.

The Dutch Lottery’s supervisory board has appointed the retired politician Alexander Pechtold as chairman.

The Netherlands.- The retired politician Alexander Pechtold has been appointed as chairman of the Dutch Lottery supervisory board.

Pechtold is currently general director of The Netherland’s central bureau for driving licences. Before retiring from politics, he had a long career in the Democrats 66 (D66) party, including a 12-year tenure as parliamentary leader from 2006 to 2018.

He replaces the outgoing chairman of the Dutch Lottery supervisory board, Jan Loorbach, whose tenure has come to an end.

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Pechtold said: “It is an honour to be able to contribute to the future of the largest socially oriented, pre-Dutch gaming organisation. 

“The Netherlands Lottery has proven its position in the lottery market. With just as much energy and confidence, the Netherlands Lottery will also become active in the online gambling market with a responsible offer.”

Dutch Lottery CEO Niels Onkenhout said: “The board and the entire management of the Dutch Lottery are happy with the arrival of Alexander Pechtold. He is introduced to a healthy and future-oriented organisation, and we look forward to continuing to build on our position in the gaming market with the supervisory board.”

As of Martch, Dutch Lottery customers need separate accounts for lottery and sports betting as the national lottery makes changes in line with the liberalisation of the Dutch gaming market.

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