888 Chief not Interested in Party's Imminent CEO Vacancy

13 March 2008

Following Wednesday's launch of 888sport.com, 888's Blue Square-powered multinational I-sports book, Chief Executive Gigi Levy said he was not in the running for the chief executive's vacancy at rival PartyGaming.

"It's not even something that crossed my mind, let alone that nobody offered it to me," Levy told Reuters, when asked his thoughts on the imminent departure of Party Chief Executive Mitch Garber.

"I run the biggest competitor, so it has not even crossed my mind."

According to the report, analysts have tipped John O'Malia, Party's recently-promoted ex-Gamebookers chief executive, as the internal frontrunner for the job.

City analysts have also suggested the possibility of a break between struggling Rank Group and its online arm, Blue Square.

Levy said that if the split were to occur and Blue Square to be put on the selling block, 888 would be interested.

"Blue Square is one of Rank's best assets," he said, "so I would be surprised if they just wanted to sell it."

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