Aristocrat’s Chairman Resigns

Elouise Spencer - 10 October 2018

Popular Australian pokie machines manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure Ltd has announced to the Australia Securities Exchange (ASE), that its chairman, namely Ian Blackburne, will officially hand over the reins and step down from his position on February 21st, which date co-incides with the company’s annual general meeting. Aristocrat has said that the fact that Blackburne will hand over the reins of leadership to former Virgin Australia board member, Neil Chatfield, should be viewed as nothing more than part of the company’s ongoing process of renewal and succession.

The man still currently in charge has been serving on the manufacturer’s board since 2009, which will officially mark 10 years of service by the time he steps down. Blackburne has in the meantime made public a statement wherein he expresses his gratitude of having had the privilege to be part of a period of transformation. According to the top hand, the past decade has borne witness to the company growing into leader in the land-based casino industry. Every expectation is that Aristocrat will, going forward, attain the same status in the rapidly evolving social casino dynamic.

Happy With His Replacement

Blackburne also made reference to Chatfield, who has been appointed the new top dog in charge of the casino giant’s operations, and said that he was pleased to be succeeded by someone of Neil Chatfield’s calibre and reputation.

The man who will soon be stepping down went on to say that he was confident that his successor, based on years’ worth of experience, would be a true asset to the board and would drive the organisation ever-forward.

Blackburne Was Well-Placed

Many changes have taken place in management-ranks over the last few years, with Blackburne having replaced Trevor Croker on March 1st, 2017. At the time, the newly appointed chairman seemed elated at the opportunity and proceeded to praise the team of experienced hands all having worked together to make the moment possible for him. If anything, he had built on that foundation of confidence, and has brought about many positive changes within the organisation’s operational structure.

Chatfield certainly is well equipped to fill Blackburne’s shoes in terms of sheer experience, but he will have to pull a rabbit from the hat yet, in order to stay on par.


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