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The UK Tote Group, one of the oldest pool betting operators in the UK, has appointed John Williamson as its non-executive chairman. He will assume office on September 1.

Williamson has strong international business and financial expertise that will help shape the ongoing growth plans of the organization.

He has served as the chairman and managing partner of Generations Limited, which provides bespoke consulting and management services for family offices, entrepreneurs and executives.

He had also served as the senior managing director of private investment company Search Investment Group, having also spent time as managing director and head of infrastructure and operational risk for Asia at Morgan Stanley.

“I am a keen race-goer and have long admired the outstanding work of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, running two world-class racecourses, and operating the world’s largest sports wagering business,” Williamson said.

“My dual enthusiasm for racing and business, alongside being able to provide an international perspective will, I hope, be of considerable value to the UK Tote Group team and to British horseracing.”

UK Tote Group chief executive Alex Frost said:

“John’s broad international experience in global finance and business, his track record in guiding international brands and operations, notably more than a decade on the board of Asia’s leading stock exchange, HKEX.”

“His extensive experience in Asia, in particular, will support our ambitious programme to expand our partnerships with other global pool betting organisations around the world, a cornerstone of our growth strategy for the Tote.”

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