Nektan names Inspired’s Buckley as CEO

9 October 2018

Nektan has today (Tuesday) appointed Lucy Buckley as its new chief executive, bringing to an end Gary Shaw’s temporary spell in the role.

Buckley will take on the full-time position at the B2B and white label gaming software and services provider from December 3 after spending eight years with Inspired Entertainment.

She most recently served as vice-president of the Inspired interactive division, which she set up and ran for the last three years with double digit year-on-year growth.

Shaw has been interim chief executive at Nektan since Leigh Nissim resigned from the position in June 2017. He will step down from the role but remain an executive director with the company.

Speaking about the new appointment, Shaw said: “Lucy’s extensive international gaming experience is an excellent fit for the role as Nektan’s CEO.

“Lucy will help to build on our most recent successes, as we continue to win new contracts and deliver additional revenue streams. I will remain very much involved in the business both as a shareholder and as an executive director.”

The appointment comes after Nektan earlier this month revealed that it is in the process of considering offers to invest in its US business, having highlighted a “pipeline of opportunities” in the post-PASPA era in the country.

The company posted a 64.6% year-on-year increase in net revenue for the first quarter of the 2019 financial year. This amount climbed to a record £6.4m (€7.3m/$8.4m) in the period.

Buckley said: “Nektan’s player-focused technology and services have been proven in the European casino market, and the company is making significant headway into new B2B revenue streams and additional markets.

“I look forward to working with the team to accelerate the next phase of growth, making Nektan a global leader in online and mobile gaming innovation.”