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Dutch Gaming Authority CEO to leave position

Marja Appelman will quit after a five-year tenure

Marja Appelman, CEO of the Kansspelautoriteit, the Netherlands Gaming Authority, has announced her intention to leave her position in office after a five-year tenure. Appelman will assume a new role as Executive Director of the Housing Market Directorate at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations from 1st August.

sigma igaming  Dutch Gaming Authority CEO to leave position Marja Appelman, CEO of the Kansspelautoriteit

The Kansspelautoriteit said that Appelman’s term as a board member would conclude in October. A new chairman will be appointed on 1st October.

Suyver described Appelman as an “inspiring” leader and added that the board would cover the CEO’s tasks from the start of August whilst a review of the regulator’s management structure takes place.

The Dutch parliament’s lower house approved a Remote Gambling Bill in 2016, which will introduce an online gambling licensing regime in the country.

The bill requires approval from the Senate and licensing is not expected to commence until at least 2019. In the interim, the regulator continues to implement enforcement measures against operators targeting Dutch players and has announced that, as of 1 June 2017, it would expand its approach to enforcement to pursue any operators that are “specifically and unequivocally” targeting the Dutch market.

Ahead of the Fifa World Cup in Russia, the Kansspelautoriteit said that it would crack down on online gambling by focusing on underage betting and identifying unlicensed operators offering betting to Dutch citizens during the tournament.

“My job is done,” Appelman said. “The organisation is operating in a way that makes it ready to expand its tasks. That will be the case if the Remote Gambling Bill is adopted.”

“Both for me and for the Gaming Authority, it is time for the next phase.”

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