Wes Himes to join RGA as interim chief executive
Experienced public affairs lobbyist Wes Himes has been named the interim chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), replacing Clive Hawkswood in the role.
Himes, who currently serves as a managing partner of business communications consultancy Instinctif Partners, is to take up the interim role from February 2019.
He has worked closely with the RGA as its Brussels-based adviser, having previously served as director of the Interactive Gaming, Gambling and Betting Association (IGGBA).
This merged with the Association of Remote Gambling Operators (ARGO), a separate operator body led by Hawkswood, to form the RGA in 2005.
While he takes on the role previously held by Hawkswood, the association will conduct an open recruitment process to identify a permanent successor. This coincides with a restructuring of the RGA, which will see a chairman brought in to work alongside the chief executive.
It follows Hawkswood’s decision to step down as the association’s CEO in September this year, after 14 years at the helm.
He will remain with the RGA until January, ensuring an orderly handover, with no immediate plans to take up a new role upon departing.