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Changing horses: Paddy Power Betfair poaches new CFO from Saga

The FTSE 100-listed bookmaker said Jonathan Hill will replace outgoing CFO Alex Gersh, who announced his intentions to step down in early March
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Saga said Hill would remain at the group until September, adding that the search process for a successor will start immediately

Paddy Power Betfair PLC (LON:PPB) said on Wednesday that it has appointed Jonathan Hill, the current chief financial officer (CFO) of Saga PLC (LON:SAGA), as its new CFO.

The FTSE 100-listed bookmaker said Hill would replace outgoing CFO Alex Gersh, who announced his intentions to step down in early March, in the autumn.

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In its own statement, Saga said Hill would remain at the group until September, adding that the search process for a successor will start immediately with the over-50's holidays and insurance specialist to update the market as soon as this has concluded.

Hill was previously group finance director at housebuilder Bovis Homes.PLC (LON:BVS) and has held senior financial roles at travel company TUI AG (LON:TUI) and British gas-owner Centrica PLC (LON:CNA).

Commenting on the appointment, Paddy Power Betfair's chief executive Peter Jackson said: "We're delighted that Jonathan is joining us. He brings substantial strategic and operational finance experience in consumer businesses and I am confident he will make a significant contribution to Paddy Power Betfair's future success."

Hill added: "I am excited to be joining a business with great brands, differentiated products and substantial international scale. There are many opportunities to drive shareholder value and I look forward to being part of the team to deliver this."

Shares in Paddy Power Betfair were down 1.5% at 7,155p in mid-morning trading, while Saga shares lost 1.9% at 111.4p.

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