Jaldung to exit as CEO of Casino Cosmopol

| By Robert Fletcher
Per Jaldung has announced that he is to step down from his role as chief executive of Casino Cosmopol, the Swedish land-based casino brand of Svenska Spel.

Jaldung has led the operator since November 2008 but said in a post on his LinkedIn page that he will leave the business before the end of the year.

Having joined Casino Cosmopol as security manager in June 2002, he went on to serve as its general manager before taking on the top role almost 20 years ago.

Prior to his time with the operator, he spent over nine years working in law enforcement, spending 18 months as acting detective superintendent for Sweden’s National Criminal Investigation Department between January 2001 and June 2002.

Jaldung was also detective inspector for the National Criminal Investigation Department for five and a half years, while he also spent three and a half years as a police officer for the Stockholm Police Department.

In addition, Jaldung has been chairman of the board for the European Casino Association since February 2015.

“Since 2008, I have served as CEO and it has been an exciting roller coaster ride, including events such as the opening of the casino in Stockholm, with the deputy prime minister performing the first spin on the roulette; media headlines countless times, for good and bad – robberies and gun shots, casino weddings and happy guests, diversity awards, as well as reports of discrimination; penalty fees from the gaming authority; a revised AML programme; and investigation by the competition authority,” Jaldung said.

“We’ve also had yearly Casino Meet & Awards; floods and fires on the gaming floors; Super Jackpots; chairman of the VLT project; Svenska Spel’s biggest project of all time in terms of investments; improved gambling responsibility with duty of care and affordability checks; and speaking and moderating at numerous summits and shows.

“Above all, during these years, I have worked with so many incredibly talented and wonderful casino people, both with colleagues in our group and with others internationally. 

“I have done my best for a very long time. But now it is time to hand over the helm to a new person who will continue the important work of developing our casinos for the future. 

“I will continue to lead the business as usual, and I will prepare for the shift in management. 

“I will leave by the end of the year and then we will see what exciting challenges the future will bring.”

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