ANJ fills out senior team with govt and ARJEL veterans

6 July 2020

France’s new gambling regulator L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has announced a series of new senior appointments.

ANJ appointed Rémi Lataste as director general, where he will deal with management of the regulator’s budget and recruitment of staff.

Lataste had previously served in the French treasury and as head of corporate restructuring at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, as well as lecturing at the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies.

Olivier Tournut will serve as secretary general, where he will ensure procurement processes follow the public procurement code and the day-to-day organization of the regulator. Tournut had worked at the National Commission for Data Protection for more than eight years before joining ANJ, most recently as an administrative director.

Albert Allo will join the ANJ as its head of anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing. Allo had served as a financial advisor to France's delegation at the United Nations and as deputy director of anti-fraud group Traficin.

Imman Toufik, meanwhile, will serve as budget public procurement director. She had previously worked at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance and at the Ministry of Ecology.

Meanwhile, Jean-Baptiste Menguy will serve as head of human resources and deputise for Tournut. Menguy held the same role at online gambling regulator L'Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) before it was superseded by ANJ.

Legal director Frédéric Guerchoun, director of markets, compliance and players protection Jérémy Terrasson and director of controls and information systems Hélène David all also retain their roles from ARJEL.

As announced in February, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin is ANJ’s first president. Falque-Pierrotin was previously chairwoman of France’s National Commission for Data Protections (CNIL).

ANJ officially took over as France’s lone gambling regulator on 22 June, covering the country’s 14 licensed online operators, all online and point-of-sale lottery and betting games sold by Française des Jeux (FDJ), as well as the country’s 202 land-based casinos and Pari-Mutuel Urbain's network of retail betting outlets and on-course bookmakers.