Digital retailer Game has appointed John Jackson as its non-executive chairman designate, replacing David Hamid who will be stepping down early 2017.
Hamid, who has been chairman of Game since 2012, has informed the retailer’s board of directors of his intention to step down following the 2015/16 annual general meeting to be held on January 17.
Jackson has been Game’s senior independent non-executive director since June 2014 and also carries non-executive director positions with Playtech plc and Wilkinson Hardware Stores Limited. He is also the non-executive chairman of the Rick Stein Group.
Prior to that, Jackson was group chief executive of Jamie Oliver Holdings Limited and the retail and leisure director for Virgin Group Limited.
Game chief executive Martyn Gibb said: "David has been an instrumental part of the team for almost five years I would like to thank him personally for his significant contribution to the group over that time.
“I am really pleased that John, with his huge wealth of experience in building brands and companies, will be taking up the role of chairman as we focus on executing our strategy and transforming our business."
Jackson said he had big shoes to fill once Hamid moves on.
"Game Digital has achieved much despite challenging markets over David’s tenure as chairman,” he said.
“During his time, he has ensured the group has maintained a strong focus on its strategic development.
“Good progress has been made but there is still much more that we can achieve. I’m looking forward to working with Martyn and the management team as chairman."
Hamid said he felt privileged to have been chairman of Game for the past few years.
“I will be leaving Game Digital in exceptional hands, with exciting plans to drive the business forwards,” he said.