Eir bets on Ladbrokes Coral exec as new chairman

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Irish operator appoints Carl Leaver of gambling company to be chairman from September

Carl Leaver, executive deputy chairman of betting-shop and gambling company Ladbrokes Coral, will chair Irish operator Eircom from the start of September.

Leaver will take over from Padraig McManus, who steps down after almost five years in the role.

Richard Moat, CEO of Eircom, which trades as Eir said: “Carl has a wealth of business experience across a range of consumer sectors and we look forward to his leadership of the board. I also look forward to Padraig continuing to play a key role in supporting Eir.”

Leaver was CEO of Gala Coral for six years until November 2016, when he saw it through a merger with Ladbrokes. He was previously director of international, home and direct for Marks & Spencer.

He trained in law, though his first job was at Pedigree Petfoods. He is also non-executive chairman of the restaurant chain Carluccio’s.

He said: “Eir has transformed during Padraig’s tenure. The company has invested €1.5 billion improving its 4G network to 95% population coverage and bringing high speed broadband to 1.6 million homes and businesses. I am looking forward to working with Richard and his senior management team on the roll-out of super-fast broadband to a further 300,000 premises, which represents an additional €200 million investment.”

McManus announced at the beginning of June that he would step down from his role.