XLMedia names David King as CEO

King worked as chief executive at JPIMedia Group.
King worked as chief executive at JPIMedia Group.

David King will replace Stuart Simms, who announced his resignation in April.

UK.- The London AIM-listed gambling media company XLMedia has appointed David King as CEO and as a member of its board of directors. King will begin his new role on July 1, succeeding Stuart Simms, who announced his resignation in April.

King was previously chief executive of JPIMedia Group. He served as CEO of Timeout Group from 2008 to 2012 and as CFO of BBC Worldwide operations from 1998 to 2008.

Marcus Rich, non-executive chair at XLMedia, said: “We are delighted to welcome David to XLMedia and believe that, with his significant digital publishing experience and proven track record of leading change, he will be a key asset in helping us capitalise on a number of growth initiatives.

“David’s extensive knowledge of the media sector makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Group and I and the Board look forward to working with him.“

King commented: “I am delighted to join XLMedia and am looking forward to working with the senior leadership team and all of the Group’s staff, alongside the board, to lead the business in delivering the next phase of its development and realising the benefits of the Company’s growth strategy.”

Last month, XLMedia named Marcus Rich to replace Christopher Bell as non-executive chairman. Bell left his duties to take up a role as chairman of Spain’s newly restructured Nueva Codere. Rich worked as non-executive chairman at mobile content publisher Digitalbox Plc.

In 2021, the company appointed Caroline Ackroyd as CFO, marking her return to the gaming sector. She served as director of commercial finance at Sky Betting & Gaming for almost four years between July 2015 and Nov 2018 and before that was finance director at the Gala Coral Group subsidiary Coral Interactive.

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