Maidenhead, LA (PressExposure) December 17, 2008 -- The Rank Group Plc ("Rank" or "the Group") has appointed Mark Jones as managing director of Blue Square, the Group's interactive gaming business.Jones, 44, is an experienced internet retailer, having been founder and chief executive of Online Travel Corporation plc and managing director of lastminute.com. In addition, he has held senior management positions at Travelocity and Harrods.
Ian Burke, chief executive of Rank said: "I am delighted to welcome Mark to Rank and I look forward to working with him as we seek to unlock growth opportunities in the gaming market, both in the UK and overseas.
"One of the major opportunities for the Group is to harness the strengths of our online and land-based businesses, building trusted brands, developing enjoyable gaming experiences and delivering them to the customer in the way that he or she wants to receive them."
Mark Jones joins Rank with immediate effect and will become a member of the Group's executive committee.
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Notes Mark Jones, career chronology
2008: Harrods Limited director of Harrods Home Shopping 2004-2007: lastminute.com/Travelocity Group managing director, Travelocity B2B Europe UK managing director, lastminute.com 1998 to 2004 Online Travel Corporation plc (acquired by lastminute.com) chief executive 1994 to 1998: MJC Consulting principal 1985 to 1994: Morgan, Brown and Spofforth Chartered Accountants accountant
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About Rank Group The Rank Group is a leading European gaming business, based in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. Rank's businesses include a number of established brands in gaming and leisure. These include Mecca Bingo, Top Rank Espana, Blue Square and Grosvenor Casinos , offering a range of casino games and venues.