David Attenborough

    David joined Tabcorp in April 2010 as Managing Director – Wagering. He became Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer when Tabcorp’s demerger of its former casinos business was completed in June 2011.He has an extensive background in totalisator and fixed odds betting, racing and broadcasting. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer (South Africa) of Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited, the leading wagering operator in South Africa. His previous experience also includes the development of casino, bookmaking and gaming opportunities for British bookmaking company Ladbrokes (formerly part of the Hilton Group Plc).David is a Director of the Australasian Gaming Council.David holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Masters of Business Administration, and he is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

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