Management reshuffle sees Blueprint MD Barff step down

11 March 2019

Simon Barff has stepped down as UK managing director at Blueprint Operations, with David Purvis set to join the land-based slot supplier as part of a management restructure.

Barff spent over five years with Blueprint, a division of Gauselmann Group, but exits after what the supplier described as a “pivotal” period for the business.

Gauselmann Group UK general manager, Sascha Blodau paid tribute to Barff’s leadership during a “successful and transformative” time for the supplier.

“Under his guidance the manufacturing division has seen continued growth across all areas of the UK business and has cemented the Gauselmann product line as the leading brand in the UK market,” Blodau said. “We would like to thank Simon for his efforts during his time with Blueprint and wish him our very best.”

Speaking about his departure, Barff added: “I have had a great time working with the board of the Gauselmann Group, without whose support the success we achieved would have been impossible.

“I would like to thank everyone at Gauselmann for all the assistance and support they have given me, and I wish them every future success.”

Blueprint Operations, which trades as Blueprint Machines, has already moved to bring in Purvis (pictured), who will take on the Barff’s role and assume responsibility for all business activities with immediate effect.

Purvis was previously CEO of Stanleybet International for just over four years and had a spell as managing director of Cyberview. Earlier in his career, he also pent time as sales and marketing director at Inspired Gaming Group.

Since February 2013, Purvis has been working as a management consultant for the sports betting and gaming industry, and recently supported the Gauselmann Group on various management consultation projects.

Reflecting on his new role at Blueprint, Purvis said: “The opportunity to carry on the great work at Blueprint Operations is an exciting challenge and it is something that I’m really looking forward to.

“The foundations of the company are firmly set, so we’ll be looking to build on the recent successes and solidify our market position with some fantastic new game releases and further product developments over the coming year.”

The management restructure comes after Gauselmann Group last month moved to bolster its position in the UK market after Blueprint Gaming acquired games developer Project.

Blueprint will diversify its content portfolio with the addition of Project's titles, which will now be adapted for the igaming sector, as well as integrate Project content into its machine offering to enhance it land-based gambling services.