Casinos Austria: Supervisory Board Appoints New General Manager

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22 Nov 2021

Vienna, 22.11.2021 - In a special meeting of the Supervisory Board today, internationally experienced casino manager Erwin Van Lambaart was appointed as the new General Manager of Casinos Austria AG. Van Lambaart, from Holland, is currently CEO of Holland Casino and will join the board on March 15th, 2022, taking up the position of General Manager on April 1st, 2022.

Van Lambaart's appointment is the conclusion of a transparent search for candidates, conducted in accordance with international standards over the past months, with the assistance of renowned HR consultant, Spencer Stuart. Current CEO Bettina Glatz-Kremsner had announced in March 2021 that she would no longer be available for a contract extension as Director General.

The Nomination Committee screened, reviewed and evaluated numerous national and international candidates according to strict criteria defined by the Gaming Act. A total of three persons were invited to a hearing before the Nomination Committee. Erwin Van Lambaart emerged unanimously as the best candidate to succeed Bettina Glatz-Kremsner. The nominated candidate also presented himself to the CASAG and Lotteries Supervisory Board today. The CASAG Supervisory Board, chaired by Wolfgang Hesoun, followed the recommendation of the Nomination Committee and elected Erwin Van Lambaart as the new General Manager of Casinos Austria AG.

The Nomination Committee established objectifiable criteria for the search for a new CEO candidate. This included high professional experience in the industry, as well as clearly defined requirements of the strict Gaming Act. The CEO search was based on a standardized process and regulated in the syndicate agreement between Sazka Group and ÖBAG, which forms the basis for the trusting cooperation at owner level. 

"The syndicate agreement concluded between ÖBAG and Sazka Group has enabled strong and coordinated cooperation at owner level and strengthened governance. I am delighted that with Erwin Van Lambaart, we have been able to win an internationally experienced manager for the future of Casinos Austria AG. Mr Van Lambaart is an experienced expert with a comprehensive understanding of the gaming industry. With his many years of experience at the state-owned Holland Casino, which operates 14 casinos, he will play an important role in the further development of CASAG.  We would like to express our great gratitude to Bettina Glatz-Kremsner, who has shaped Casinos Austria for more than 30 years and supported us with her expertise," explained ÖBAG board member, Christine Catasta.

"With the election of Erwin Van Lambaart as the new CEO of CASAG, we have clearly demonstrated our shareholders’ new style and approach when it comes to the appointment of CASAG board members. The entire search process was fully transparent. Professional experience and a deep understanding of the industry were key criteria for the new CASAG CEO role. Erwin Van Lambaart was approached by Spencer Stuart because he fits the criteria perfectly. Mr Van Lambaart will lead Casinos Austria AG with excellent professional qualifications and great industry experience. I am very pleased that the appointment of Erwin Van Lambaart has been well received by both the shareholders' and the employees' representatives. Finally, I would like to thank Bettina Glatz-Kremsner for her many years of excellent work for the company," said Robert Chvatal, CEO of the Sazka Group.

"After the difficulties of the past, it was very crucial to set up a transparent process for board appointments that meets international standards. With Erwin Van Lambaart, we have now been able to attract an excellent manager for the position of CEO. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Bettina Glatz-Kremsner, who has shaped the company over many years and played a major role in the successful development of the entire group of companies," says Supervisory Board President, Wolfgang Hesoun.

"I would like to thank the supervisory board and the owners for the trust they have placed in me. Casinos Austria enjoys an excellent reputation in the international gaming industry, which we will continue to build on together with our management and staff in the years to come. Therefore, I am really looking forward to the tasks ahead together. Together, we will provide our guests and players with the best gaming experience, hospitality, and entertainment, with a focus on the highest security standards and responsible gaming. I will use all my experience to make a sustainable contribution to the well-being of the group of companies and their employees, in these challenging times. It will be a great pleasure for me to live and work in Austria,” says Erwin Van Lambaart.

"I am glad that with Erwin Van Lambaart, the choice fell on a casino manager with international experience. After more than 30 years in the company, it was and is a particular concern of mine to be able to hand over my function into good hands, and we will ensure the best possible handover," says the current General Manager, Bettina Glatz-Kremsner, as she looks forward to her successor.

 

About Erwin Van Lambaart:

Erwin Van Lambaart has been CEO of Holland Casino since 2016 and is a proven casino and gaming expert. He has successfully led Holland Casino through a restructuring process and has been instrumental in positioning the company as one of Holland's best. The state-owned Holland Casino operates 14 terrestrial casinos across the country and has an online gaming offering.  Erwin Van Lambaart is one of the top managers in this sector in Europe. Prior to his career in the entertainment industry, Mr Van Lambaart worked extensively in the event and hotel industry. He was also a very successful entrepreneur, having been CEO of the Dutch media and entertainment company Niehe Media and a member of the board of the live entertainment company Stage Entertainment.