Gaming giant Tabcorp’s chief information officer, Kim Wenn, announced her retirement from the company this morning.
After 14 years in the job, Ms Wenn made the decision to leave post the Tatts merger.
“I’m really proud of the legacy that I’m leaving and equally excited about the next chapter in my life,” she told Fairfax Media.
On Thursday Tabcorp uneviled its new leadership team for the new merged $11 billion entity. Eight of the 11-person executive leadership team will come from Tabcorp, including chief execitive David Attenborough, chief financial officer Damien Johnston and wagering and media managing director Adam Rytenskild.
The three Tatts executives that are incoming to the merged entity’s leadership are Sue van der Merwe, the managing director of lotteries and Keno; Frank Makryllos the managing director of gaming services; and replacing Ms Wenn is chief information officer Mandy Ross.
“The combination has created a world-class, diversified gambling entertainment group,” Mr Attenborough said.
“Our new executive leadership team, together with our more than 5000 people, will work to deliver the material benefits the combination is expected to create for shareholders, the racing industry, business partners, customers and governments.”
Also departing Tabcorp is the company’s chief marketing officer, Claire Murphy.
Ms Wenn said she was not sure of her next move but is considering non-executive director roles. “There’s a real gap in board composition- there’s not enough people, especially women, who understand technology and the crucial role it plays in all types of businesses.”
Ms Wenn, who will remain at Tabcorp until July next year, is one of few female CIOs in the ASX 200. She was awarded second spot in the CIO Top 50 by CIO magazine this year.
Few women hold leadership roles in corporate . There are just 11 female CEOs on the ASX 200, and 41 of the nation’s largest companies don’t have a woman on their executive leadership.
During her time at Tabcorp, Ms Wenn helped steer the de-merger of the casinos, and revamp its digital offering.
Ms Wenn drove Sun Bets, the largest global venture Tabcorp has undertaken in its 22-year history. Sun Bets is a digital wagering business in the UK, which launched in August. It’s the company’s first foray into a digital-only offering.
Traditional betting agencies like Tabcorp and Tatts have been fighting off increased competition from new online players.
Ms Wenn has also been instrumental in leading the organisation’s push for greater gender diversity and promoting women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
“I’m proud of the difference that the executive collectively have made on our targets on gender diversity,” she said. “We are up to 38 per cent women in senior leadership.”