Veteran Drabwell to leave Ladbrokes after 29 years
Ladbrokes Coral's director of retail operations Lee Drabwell is to leave the company after 29 years with the bookmaker.
He will assist in the handover of his responsibilities to his successor Andy Hicks after which he plans to "pursue other responsibilities in the betting and gaming sector" following a period of gardening leave.
During his career at Ladbrokes Drabwell held the position of managing director retail UK & Ireland and was a key member of the executive committee reporting to the chief executive Jim Mullen.
He also helped steer Ladbrokes' Irish business through examinership in 2015, restructured the retail business in the UK and played a major role in the preparation for the merger with Coral.
Drabwell said: "It has been an exciting, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable time at Ladbrokes where in 29 years I have witnessed much change.
"I am pleased to have led the retail team in recent years on its journey of growth and market share gain and I will leave the business with very fond memories and proud of my achievements.”
"I am looking forward to a short break before looking for a new challenge in the betting and gaming sector."
Mullen paid tribute to Drabwell and his part in delivering the turnaround plan for the business.
He added: "In his 29 years Lee worked his way up from behind the counter to be a senior leader in the business and while it is always sad to see colleagues like Lee leave the business, we wish him well for the future."