Long-time European Casino Association board member and current vice chairman Dietmar Hoscher is leaving his post.
Hoscher informed the ECA chairman about his decision to withdraw from the ECA board with immediate effect due to serious health reasons.
Hoscher has been involved in the ECA board of directors since 2011. He was re-elected three times and in his current term, which would have lasted until February 2021, held the position of vice chairman.
Within the ECA Board, he oversaw two working groups, namely on responsible gambling and corporate social responsibility as well as on legal and regulatory affairs.
Hoscher was the initiator and behind the development of the ECA Responsible Gambling Framework, the first-ever catalogue of responsible gambling measures and processes, setting a standard for the industry that has allowed for independent auditors to certify the responsible gambling measures implemented by land-based casino operators.
ECA chairman Per Jaldung said: “Mr Hoscher was an important leader within the ECA, always focused on the topics that challenge our industry – illegal, unlicensed gambling, money laundering and the protection of consumers, to name the most important ones.
“The sustainability of the licensed casino industry was a mission for him and he made sure the ECA became a member of the UN Global Compact as the first and only gambling trade organisation. He was a dedicated representative of the ECA brand and was invited as a speaker to many of the major gambling congresses worldwide. We will miss him, but we understand his decision. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”